Canobolas Smith

Charles Smith

Royal City Washington Syrah 2013

Shay A
9.4

I’m between a 94 and 95 here. I think this is slightly better than the 2010 I opened two years ago in that this showed more classical funk and savory notes.

I gave this an hour of slow ox and then decanted another 2+hrs. At pop and pour, not very expressive. Even after the hour of being open in the bottle it made such a difference and then absolutely exploded in the decanter. Floral, violets, potpourri, herbal spice, stemmy underripe black fruits all on the nose. Gained a touch of Syrah funk the longer it was open but stayed more between the fruit and stem inclusion side instead of going full on iron/smoked meat. So much up front fruit on the palate before a wall of mineral hits and takes everything down the mid palate on a wild ride. Peppercorn crusted black cherries, dark red and black berries, underripe red plum and really nice acidity to give it a nervy type profile. Alongside the 2014 Horsepower Tribe Syrah, this was more a caged animal yet still retained a wild factor. Then again, most wines are tame compared to Horsepower (just give them time...I’ve experienced how incredible they can be with age)!
— 8 days ago

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Jan A

Jan A

Had the 2008 last year, kept evolving and needed several hours. My last glass was the best
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : nice notes Shay. How much life do you feel this wine has?
Shay A

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@Jason and Jennie : Would love to go there!

@Jan A : Haven’t had the 2008, but both the 2010 and 2013 certainly benefitted from extended decants, even though their profiles are a bit different.

@Bryan Kesting : Plenty! I’d say it’s likely hanging in this drinking window another 5+ years before the fruit starts fading more to the background and the required decant time drops closer to pop and pour.

Shaw + Smith

Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

End of Vintage lunch 2021 at Fino Vino. — 23 days ago

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Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Smith Havt Lafitte 2000

Lovely first go at a Smith Haut Lafite. Nose of sour cherries, medium bodied palate with graphite, plum and a touch of tobacco and a nice finish. In a great spot right now. — a day ago

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@David Nicewicz Heads up it is listed as the white 
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@Ira Schwartz Thanks for the heads up!

Shaw and Smith

M3 Vineyard Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018

Delicious! Big match stick on the nose, followed by tangerine and peaches. — 2 days ago

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Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac-Léognan Blanc White Bordeaux Blend 2017

Blend mostly Sauv Blanc (90%) with 10% Semillon, aged 50% new oak. Pale lemon with aromas of stone and tropical fruits, citrus and blossom with spicy notes. Palate flavors of peach, apple and grapefruit citrus with honeysuckle and pepper spice. Medium+ length, balanced acidity, ending with a fruit and mineral spice character. Very good! Will age well! — 22 days ago

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Samuel Louis Smith

Montanita de Oro Pinot Noir 2019

Have fallen for this gem in Monterey county. Excels at new AVA pinot off the Carmel Valley ridges. — 13 days ago

Charles Smith

Boom Boom! Washington State Syrah

Long tannins and traditional nose. Sweet grape jelly, blackcurrant, black cherry, tobacco leaf, and bittersweet chocolate on the palate. Solid wine. — 2 days ago

Smith Madrone

Spring Mountain District Riesling 2016

Ming L
9.2

On the nose Asian pear, lime, hint of honeysuckle struck together by the faint but persistent petrol note. The palate is the standout here, with mouth watering acidity and a textured body. Vibrant yet round. Just the slightest hint of sweetness. Saline mineral finish.

Possibly the best Riesling from the US I’ve tasted.
— 12 days ago

Smith & Hook

Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Celebrating Callie returning from Colorado!!! My close favorite wine — 4 days ago

Samuel Louis Smith

Sandstone Terrace Syrah 2018

Our newest love fest is SLS wines from Monterey, CA. Sam is making amazing wines from the higher elevation Monterey coastal vineyards. — 13 days ago