Smith & Hook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Our story begins more than 40 years ago in the hills of Monterey County, where the Hahn family founded Smith & Hook on a converted horse & cattle ranch, launching a decades-long exploration of Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.
As Monterey’s fledgling wine industry started to take shape, Smith & Hook began to explore new Cabernet Sauvignon—starting in neighboring Paso Robles—discovering along the way a team of strong, like-minded growers in the warmer pockets of California’s craggy coastline.
As the years passed, the Smith & Hook style emerged: robust, richly layered Cabernet-based reds. Today, Smith & Hook wines embrace the unfettered spirit of the Central Coast, layering together fruit from five distinct Central Coast appellations: Arroyo Seco, Paso Robles, San Antonio Valley, Hames Valley & San Benito County.
Our signature style was established by Director of Winemaking Paul Clifton, who spent two decades exploring Central Coast Cabernet vineyards. Today, Winemaker Megan McCollough continues Paul’s work, pushing the envelope in the cellar and seeking innovative new ways to produce robust yet elegant Central Coast reds.
To craft this classic Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, our winemakers layer together fruit from small, family-owned vineyards in five unique sub-appellations: San Antonio Valley, Paso Robles, Hames Valley, Arroyo Seco and San Benito County. The result is a lush, rich and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon, hand crafted from California’s spirited Central Coast.
Seductively deep and vibrant brick red with hues of crimson, this Reserve possesses aromas of purple flowers, red cherries, cassis, cedar, warm gravel and graphite. With time, the nose on this wine continues to evolve, revealing plum, leather and tobacco accents. The palate is youthful and vibrant, balancing on the lighter side of blue and black fruits and berries. A second sip introduces cherry candy and wet rock minerality. A third sip brings forest floor bramble and dried herb notes. The wine is in constant motion, playfully dancing across the palate until it dissolves into dusty, fine tannins.
Smith & Hook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Notes To Your Senses:
- APPEARANCE: Deep red with crimson hues
- AROMA: Dark fruit, baked cherry and saddle leather with hints of caramel
- TASTE: Full-bodied and rich with notes of dark berry, vanilla, mocha and spice
- FINISH: Concentrated tannins lead into a long and complex finish
- ABV: 14.8%