Blacksmith

Blacksmith Cellars is a 1,500 case winery that rests upon the vision, dedication and hard work of one man, Matt Smith. Passionate about both the science and art of wine, he approaches his craft in ways that seem simultaneously systematic and inspired. He makes his wines in a warehouse located on the grounds of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda - across the bay from San Francisco. Because he doesn’t own a patch of vineyard, he’ll make wine from whatever comes through his network of growers - or even the spot market. As a result, he’s sourced grapes from Mendocino, Alexander Valley, Oakville, Stags’ Leap, Lodi, and Monterey and has worked with a range of varieties - from the well-known (Cabernet, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache) to the underrated  (Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc) to the obscure (Torrontes, Malvasia Blanca, Verdelho). Originally from Virginia, Smith was studying Chemistry at Sonoma State University in the early 19990s when he was hit by the winemaking bug. A stint at Beaulieu Vineyards was followed by an enology degree at Fresno State and then being hired as assistant winemaker to Sam Dashe, a fellow “urban winemaker” who became an important mentor. Smith struck out on his own in 2004 with an Alexander Valley Cabernet. With that first wine, Sam established his method of doing all the jobs himself: tending the vines, picking, sorting, crushing, pressing, punching down, blending and bottling. From the start, Blacksmith Cellars has received critical accolades and plenty of fans, but the need to maintain control of his process and vision has restrained any temptation to grow the winery to beyond what Smith can do solo. Happily for us, he has also resisted the temptation to raise prices. From Blacksmith Cellars we can get an artisan product - delicious, well-made wine from top appellations at an affordable price.

Wines from this Winery

NV Blacksmith Cellars Alameda Seaport White Dessert Wine Bourbon Barrel Aged (375ml)

NV Blacksmith Cellars Alameda Seaport White Dessert Wine Bourbon Barrel Aged (375ml)

This late harvest white was made from 100% Semillon sourced from a cool vineyard in Southern Mendocino. The vines are about 20 years old and, uniquely, planted on their own roots. The bourbon casks used for aging added a slight hint of bourbon whiskey to the rich aromas of citrus fruits soaked in honey. Grapes were picked at harvest time with sugar of 36 brix; the wine has 8% residual sugar, meaning that it’s similar to a late-harvest German riesling but not as sweet as a Sauternes. Production was miniscule - just 50 cases. 

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¥ 2,600
2016 Blacksmith Cellars

2016 Blacksmith Cellars "C.L.R.T." Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Sourced from vineyards in Oakville, Stags’ Leap District and Oak Knoll, Blacksmith’s C.L.R.T. (claret)  gives “value” a whole different meaning! A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, C.L.R.T. is a seductive wine with everything you expect from an Napa Cab: deep black cherry, blackberry cassis, dark chocolate and vanilla notes, cinnamon and spice. 2016 was an excellent vintage; this wine is delicious now but will continue to improve for the next decade and more.

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¥ 4,500
2013 Blacksmith Cellars

2013 Blacksmith Cellars "The Companion" Red Wine Napa Valley

“The Companion” is a lovely, lush red wine made of a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. The fruit was sourced entirely from one vineyard on Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. It’s a full-bodied and smooth Bordeaux blend that’s drinking well now with plenty of dark and red fruit flavors and notes of clove, cacao and vanilla. 

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¥ 4,500
2014 Blacksmith Cellars Stag’s Leap District Merlot

2014 Blacksmith Cellars Stag’s Leap District Merlot

From the Stags Leap District, Blacksmith Cellars delivers another great bargain. About this wine, the winery says, “The Merlot is blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon to add depth to the mid-pallet and extension to the finish.  Only 2% was used however so that the velvety rich texture of the Merlot would not be lost.  Symmetry and balance are the key characteristics of this wine which offers a fragrant bouquet of violet intermixed with lavender and black cherry.  Oak spice, black olive, and rich cassis fill out the pallet which extends into a beautifully balanced finish.”

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¥ 4,900
2015 Blacksmith Cellars Oakville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Blacksmith Cellars Oakville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville produces some of Napa Valley’s most illustrious (and expensive!) wines. Blacksmith Cellars’ Oakville Reserve is a wine with a pedigree but a reasonable price. About this wine, the winery says, “We have always sought to obtain absolute perfection in our Cabernet Sauvignon and this Oakville fruit represents the best of what we ferment.  The fragrant bouquet offers up voluptuous black cherries and currents woven together with layers of rich French oak extract. The structure is massive and densely packed.  The concentrated, full-bodied flavors of crème de cassis, vanilla, and espresso persist through the long power packed finish.  The Oakville Reserve will pair beautifully with a wide variety of rich foods and will age easily for the next 10-15 years.”

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¥ 6,500
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