2018 Blacksmith "C.L.R.T." Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Blacksmith

¥5,170 (incl. tax)

For centuries, “claret” referred to red Bordeaux wine sold in Britain. For Matt Smith, C.L.R.T. is a Bordeaux-styled Napa Valley wine; that is, a Cabernet blended with a hefty amount of Merlot and a bit of Cab Franc. But for us, Matt Smith’s C.L.R.T. is a pleasure delivery mechanism that delights with layers of deep black cherry, blackberry cassis, dark chocolate and vanilla notes, cinnamon, and spice. And the best part is that this Napa Valley Cabernet won’t cost an arm and a leg. Enjoy now or cellar for a decade or more.

Winery


Winery Description

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.

 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Winery Blacksmith
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 31.5 x 24.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 14.7%
Product Code BS18NCB
UPC 891269000197

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Dark aromas of black cherries and dark chocolate with hints of pipe tobacco and cola give way to voluptuous flavors of creme de cassis, blueberries, vanilla, and fresh cocoa. Soft tannins and a long finish complete the experience.

Production


Vinification

Aged in French oak. 

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