2020 Smith & Hook Proprietary Red Wine
92 pts - Wine Enthusiast, February 2023
“This is a satisfying, widely available and affordable blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of roasted blackberry, bittersweet cocoa and roasted fennel on the nose lead into a palate loaded with grilled strawberry, rounded oak, vanilla and cardamom spice.” - M.K.
Merlot and Petite Sirah are sourced from the Arroyo Seco AVA, a temperate growing region that fosters great acidity and intense structure development. A portion of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon in this blend comes from family vineyards of our partner growers in San Antonio Valley which produces grapes with thick dark skins that give beautiful deep color to the wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles contributes vibrant black cherry flavors and a supple, plush mouthfeel. A small addition of Malbec from Santa Lucia Highlands lends graceful and lifted aromatics to the blend.