Aromas of ripe blackberry and American cherry are complemented by notes of cocoa, vanilla and slightly toasted oak. dark berries and fruit
Luxurious yet sophisticated flavors of berries and dried cherries, silky tannins and a faint slate finish.
Pairs well with venison, cold meats and oven-baked chicken.
Located within the Arroyo Seco appellation, St. Philippe Vinaud is situated on sandy loam soils on dry riverbeds, suitable for growing Merlot, the heart of this blend. Blended by vintner Megan McCullough, the backbone of this wine, Petite Sirah, is made from two AVA grapes, Arroyo Secco and San Antonio Valley, where high temperatures thicken the skins and concentrate the flavors. . The Malbec comes from our own Hooke Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the San Antonio Valley.
AVA: San Antonio Valley, Arroyo Seco, Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Brix: 27 degrees
Aging: 28 months in new French oak barrels (60%)
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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