Okay. You loved it. For a Cabernet, this is tough to beat. Washington does that, especially at Chateau Smith. Bursting with fruit and more, like plums wrapped in bacon grilled and dusted with anise and cinnamon. But Charles Smith is always explosive, think of his Boom Boom, Kung Fu Girl, Velvet Devil, or champion Royal City, all of them as ripe and rich as any juice in the Columbia Valley. The black and white labels are cool, but Chateau Smith Cab pops with color and spice.
That’s Smith as in Charles Smith, the wild winemaker of Washington State and maverick marketer. The mastermind behind those in-your-face black and white labels like Boom Boom, Kung Fu Girl, Velvet Devil… I gotta admit that what’s in the bottles is bold stuff and darn smooth too.
The name sounds like a gag, a dig at both Bordeaux and Chateau Ste. Michelle. Chateau Smith Cabernet sure is big and ripe, meaty and spicy around the edge, quite polished and easy to drink. More sophisticated than Charles wants to admit when he’s playing the kick-butt long-haired rocker.
This 2009 cab from Columbia Valley displays his serious devotion to the terroir and varietals of Washington state, where cabernets like his are showing strong. It also displays Smith‘s commitment to wine ready to drink in the here and now at affordable prices.