Smith-Madrone Vineyard consists of thirty four acres in various stages of production dating back to 1972. In addition to the 6.25 acres of Riesling, 10.25 acres of Chardonnay and 13 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, the vineyard now has one acre of cabernet franc and 3.75 acres of merlot.

Stuart Smith chose specific slopes with different exposures for specific varietals: eastern exposure for the Riesling, southern and western exposures across flat stretches for the cabernet sauvignon; the coolest north-facing slopes for the chardonnay. The history of international viticulture also supported his early belief in the potential of these mountain grapes which would have to “struggle” to produce. Drip irrigation was used to establish the vineyard but today it is dry-farmed. The vines send their roots deep to search for water and nutrients, only producing the precise amount of fruit exactly appropriate for their vigor, small berries with a large skin-to-juice ratio.

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Read the reviews on the wine varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon

View our varieties below.

  • Smith-Madrone Riesling

    Dry Farmed

    Think dry…Think crisp…Think refreshing… A beautiful dry Riesling from one of the few Riesling vineyards left in Napa Valley. Aromas of citrus, honeycomb, pear, honeysuckle and wet stone minerality. A soft mouth-feel with food pairing acidity accentuates flavors of pear, green apple, white peach, honeysuckle, honeycomb and creamy vanilla. Notes of honeysuckle become more apparent as the wine opens.

    94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2014 Vintage)

    95 Points-Wine Review Online (2015 Vintage)
  • Smith-Madrone Chardonnay

    Dry Farmed

    This medium to full bodied Spring Mountain Chardonnay exhibits a creaminess on the palate expected from Napa, while balanced acidity adds an elegance and style much like a French Macon. The wine exhibits a minerality, some elements of stoney fruit and a lovely mouthfeel giving complexity in character. A great entertaining Chardonnay that pairs well with cheddar cheeses, a casual picnic or family holidays with roasted game bird.

    93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2015 Vintage)

    95 Points- Wine Review Online (2015 Vintage)
  • Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon

    Dry Farmed

    Smith-Madrone’s Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at the top of Spring Mountain (1,800-foot elevation), west of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The vines are planted on very steep slopes (up to 35%) in red “Aiken” soil which is derived from weathered volcanic materials and sedimentary rock. The result is memorable with an intriguing aroma, with briary and black cherry aromas, distinct suggestions of crushed violets and lavender—and underneath it all are the elegant notes of dark chocolate.

    93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2013 Vintage)