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WTN: 2001 Smith & Hook Cabernet (Santa Lucia Highlands)

by Bill Buitenhuys » Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:07 pm

2001 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Lucia Highlands Grand Reserve, Soledad, CA.
$18. 14.5%abv. 3% merlot/8%malbec.
Decanted an hour before dinner. Deep dark shimmering purple. Explosive nose of dark sweet ripe plums and berries, tobacco, dill, and a little smoke. Mouthfeel is firm but very smooth. Sweet dark fruit flavors integrated well with the oak and a nice lingering chalky, Godiva liqueur finish. It's a decently priced, tasty cab.
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Re: WTN: 2001 Smith & Hook Cabernet (Santa Lucia Highlands)

by Carl Eppig » Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:53 pm

That one is one of our favorites from the Monterey Region along with the Gallantes. You got a very good price on it though. Even a few years back, it was hard to find for less than $25.

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Re: WTN: 2001 Smith & Hook Cabernet (Santa Lucia Highlands)

by Bill Buitenhuys » Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:10 pm

I checked my records, Carl, and that was a late '04 price with 10% discount at a local MA/NH border shop. I think they still have some on the shelves.
Havent tried Gallantes but I'll look for it.
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Re: WTN: 2001 Smith & Hook Cabernet (Santa Lucia Highlands)

by Bill Hooper » Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:28 pm

Am I misinformed (wouldn't be a first) or Does Smith & Hook make Rex Goliath?


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Re: WTN: 2001 Smith & Hook Cabernet (Santa Lucia Highlands)

by Carl Eppig » Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:25 am

Hahn is the parent company of Smith & Hook. Don't know if they make RG too.

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