While looking for vineyards in the mid-1970s, Nikki Hahn found Smith Ranch, a horse ranch, and Hook Ranch, a cattle ranch for generations, in Monterey's Santa Lucia Highlands. I made up my mind to plant grapes.
So Nicky released a wine named Smith & Hook in honor of them. Since the highly acclaimed first vintage in 1980, we have continued to make the wine, and the 2006 vintage, which has been repackaged, continues to express the heritage of the land and the pioneering spirit of Nicky.
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Aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of violet, tobacco leaf and cedar. The palate is full-bodied and rich with flavors of dried cranberry and baked blackberry, finishing with a touch of toasty oak and a long, silky finish.
92 pts, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
The 2019 vintage started out with below-average rainfall causing supplemental irrigations to be applied while the vines started to awaken. There were a few heat waves getting close to 100 degrees but the vines bounced back from the stress with no issues. in optimum phenolic ripening producing wines with naturally balanced acidity.