Continuing with our trend of trying value wines in 2012, we want to give a shout-out to 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon “Chateau Smith” by Charles Smith Wines.
This reasonably priced wine received 91 points from Wine Spectator:
“Supple and inviting, with complex flavors of dark berries and plum shaded with hints of bacon and star anise. The finish rolls along unimpeded by the polished tannins.”
Not bad for a wine that sells for $15-$20, depending where you look. This Cab — blended with 14% Petit Verdot and 6% Syrah — is perfect for a weekday evening or during an afternoon game. (C’mon, not everybody drinks beer at games!)
Chateau Smith is the value label of Washington state wine maker, Charles Smith of K Vintners, who is known for his distinct-looking hair, black-and-white wine labels, and excellent reviews of his wines.