2011 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon
This is an awesome Washington State Cab I found for $16.79 at my Costco. I would have guessed its price to be almost double this, and I wouldn’t have been disappointed if I had paid it.
Nose is fresh, floral and earthy; in the mouth, the first thing you notice is the beautiful tannic structure. This wine feels like it’s about 5 years older than it is since the tannins are so subtle; love this mouthfeel. Fruit is dark berry, tobacco, a little black licorice and pepper spice, but young and fresh. Finish is amazing for something in this price range. Long, touch of spice, sticky.
I’m really impressed. This one hit me right across the board. I’m going to add it to our Bronze Rated wine list, and highly recommend you try it. I’m going to buy a couple more to keep on hand. These are the kind of wines I like to try a year or two later and see how they’ve changed.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 Points
Costco item number: 345392