Smith Madrone

Spring Mountain District Chardonnay

9.0105 ratings
9.041 pro ratings
Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Michael Chelus

Apple, cedar, toasted almond, dried apricot, honey and oak. Great acidity and balance.

Apple, cedar, toasted almond, dried apricot, honey and oak. Great acidity and balance.

Nov 29th, 2022
Shengli Hu

Vanilla, cream cheese, acacia, white flowers, sweet baking spices, med+ acidity, very broad and textured, 14.5% abv.
100% new French oak and frequent lees stirring (twice a day).

Visited on Sep 3rd 2022 in the morning, greeted by the responsible vineyard guard dog 🐶 who turned into the happiest sloppy doggo during our tasting appointment. Charlie Smith just finished picking the estate Cab Sauv fruit that morning started at 6am. And we witnessed fruits coming in and the destemmer churning and read through reflectometer that the Brix sits at 24.5.

Charlie Smith is a such a personality but that’s a story for another time :)

Vanilla, cream cheese, acacia, white flowers, sweet baking spices, med+ acidity, very broad and textured, 14.5% abv.
100% new French oak and frequent lees stirring (twice a day).

Visited on Sep 3rd 2022 in the morning, greeted by the responsible vineyard guard dog 🐶 who turned into the happiest sloppy doggo during our tasting appointment. Charlie Smith just finished picking the estate Cab Sauv fruit that morning started at 6am. And we witnessed fruits coming in and the destemmer churning and read through reflectometer that the Brix sits at 24.5.

Charlie Smith is a such a personality but that’s a story for another time :)

Sep 4th, 2022
"Odedi"

The six-year-old Chardonnay from Napa is drinking so nicely right now. Nice to see how it aged.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Showing yellow and red apples, melons, citrus, spices, light oak, vanilla, herbs and white pepper.

Creamy, buttery, and not over the top with a oak notes. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.

Good right out of the bottle, and better when not too cold.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

The six-year-old Chardonnay from Napa is drinking so nicely right now. Nice to see how it aged.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Showing yellow and red apples, melons, citrus, spices, light oak, vanilla, herbs and white pepper.

Creamy, buttery, and not over the top with a oak notes. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.

Good right out of the bottle, and better when not too cold.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

Apr 8th, 2022
"Odedi"

A pretty deep gold in color.

Fruity nose with red and yellow apples, citrus, herbs, spices, toasted oak, marzipan, light vanilla and white pepper. Lovely nose.

Full bodied and creamy with medium acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, vanilla, oak, lemons, apples, pears, spices, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in length on the finish with almonds.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. A good quality wine, tangy and spicier than I expected.

Needs time to open up properly, and better when not too cold.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. I had the 2016 a year ago and loved it even more.

Will be nice to revisit it in a few years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the pool.

Chardonnay grapes were barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in (75% new) French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.

A pretty deep gold in color.

Fruity nose with red and yellow apples, citrus, herbs, spices, toasted oak, marzipan, light vanilla and white pepper. Lovely nose.

Full bodied and creamy with medium acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, vanilla, oak, lemons, apples, pears, spices, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in length on the finish with almonds.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. A good quality wine, tangy and spicier than I expected.

Needs time to open up properly, and better when not too cold.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. I had the 2016 a year ago and loved it even more.

Will be nice to revisit it in a few years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the pool.

Chardonnay grapes were barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in (75% new) French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.

Jan 8th, 2022
Michael Chelus

Apple, lemon curd, honey, blood orange, oak and hints of dried apricot. Great acidity and balance.

Apple, lemon curd, honey, blood orange, oak and hints of dried apricot. Great acidity and balance.

Dec 21st, 2021
"Odedi"

Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, oak, spices, yellow apples, white pepper, ripped melons, Mandarins, mediterranean spices, almonds and white pepper.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, pineapples, limes, light earth, light wood, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with tangy limes.

This is a fabulous Chardonnay from Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and tangy. Showing nice complexity now, and is enjoyable by itself.

This four-year-old needs time open up. Good right out of the bottle, but really changed after an hour of airtime. It became a completely different wine. Lost almost all of its oak notes which I liked. So nice to see the evolution.

Would be nice to see how this continues to develop in the next few years. Tasty and delicious.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, oak, spices, yellow apples, white pepper, ripped melons, Mandarins, mediterranean spices, almonds and white pepper.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, pineapples, limes, light earth, light wood, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with tangy limes.

This is a fabulous Chardonnay from Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and tangy. Showing nice complexity now, and is enjoyable by itself.

This four-year-old needs time open up. Good right out of the bottle, but really changed after an hour of airtime. It became a completely different wine. Lost almost all of its oak notes which I liked. So nice to see the evolution.

Would be nice to see how this continues to develop in the next few years. Tasty and delicious.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

Jul 4th, 2020
Matt

Round, seamless and mouth-filling. Great viscous and textural richness with spine and keep it all wound together. Gorgeous yellow fruit, cream, lees, hazelnut, salty, and filled with subtle earthy notes. Theres an elevation character/intensity that I love. Everything I want Napa Chardonnay to be.

Round, seamless and mouth-filling. Great viscous and textural richness with spine and keep it all wound together. Gorgeous yellow fruit, cream, lees, hazelnut, salty, and filled with subtle earthy notes. Theres an elevation character/intensity that I love. Everything I want Napa Chardonnay to be.

Mar 3rd, 2019
Joseph LaPanna

Bright, clean and vibrant nose of bees wax, apricot, sage and white flowers. Racy acidity with a refreshing mouth full of grapefruit, lemon balm, and nectarines. The zippy finish is laden with wet stone, citrus zest and white pepper.

Bright, clean and vibrant nose of bees wax, apricot, sage and white flowers. Racy acidity with a refreshing mouth full of grapefruit, lemon balm, and nectarines. The zippy finish is laden with wet stone, citrus zest and white pepper.

Jun 14th, 2018
Clayton Bahr

Always scared to drink old Napa Chardonnay. Tons of life left in this. Dried apricots, orange creamsicle, meringue, marshmallow, butterscotch pudding, perfect w/ smoked pork and smoked cabbage

Always scared to drink old Napa Chardonnay. Tons of life left in this. Dried apricots, orange creamsicle, meringue, marshmallow, butterscotch pudding, perfect w/ smoked pork and smoked cabbage

May 7th, 2018
David L

14’ Smith - Madrone. I’m really liking this one. Gorgeous!
Tangerine, zesty orange, Oak on the front and mid-palate. Followed by A healthy dose of acidity. Thinking you could sit this bottle of Chardonnay down for the next 7/8 years. Pleasantly surprised! The only knock(besides the label) this wine...It’s a bit hollow. Need to check this winery out on spring mountain!!

14’ Smith - Madrone. I’m really liking this one. Gorgeous!
Tangerine, zesty orange, Oak on the front and mid-palate. Followed by A healthy dose of acidity. Thinking you could sit this bottle of Chardonnay down for the next 7/8 years. Pleasantly surprised! The only knock(besides the label) this wine...It’s a bit hollow. Need to check this winery out on spring mountain!!

Apr 14th, 2018