Smith Vineyard Wines

Our estate vineyard is within the Sierra Foothills appellation, near Grass Valley. At 2,500 ft. elevation, our wine grapes get their fruity ripeness from long sunny days and their balanced complexity from cool Sierra nights.

Small lots of each varietal come in from our 10 acre vineyard. At this size, we have the luxury of focusing our full attention on each vine and each barrel, making fine wines that will go beautifully with good food and good friends.

As Smith Vineyard’s second generation, Gary and Christina Smith continue the fine art of winemaking and vineyard tending that Gary’s father began with his three sons. Now with three sons of their own, the Smiths handcraft small lots of classic varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Primitivo, Syrah and Chardonnay from their 10 acre certified organic vineyard near Grass Valley, CA.

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2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon | Smith Vineyard | Grass Valley

2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 95 points, Gold, California State Fair

Tasting notes:
Deep garnet color.  Bing Cherries, Plums and floral aromas lead to a white pepper and light oak mid-pallet.  Velvety tannins and a full bodies mouth feel lead to a smooth finish.

Pairing ideas:
Try with grilled rib-eye with gorgonzola, wild rice with dried currants, or seared duck breast with a plum confit.

Fun Facts:

Harvested:  October 19, 2013 at 23.3 brix
Fermented: In bins using the time honored tradition of hand punch downs.
Aged: French and American Oak barrels for 19 months
Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot
Bottled:  April , 2016
Released: July, 2016
Cases produced:  145
Suggested Retail Price: $26.00  Awards: Gold 96 points at the California State Fair


2012 Estate Merlot | Smith Vineyard | Nevada County

2012 Estate Merlot, 85 Points, Bronze, California State Fair

Tasting notes:
Fresh huckleberries, mulberries, licorice notes, brambly character and vanilla aromas make for a complex and inviting nose. A sweet entry of many berries and white chocolate finishes long and smooth. Well structured, with soft tannins and food-friendly acidity. Nicely balanced.

Pairing ideas:
Try with pork roast stuffed with dried fruits, pastas, or chicken grilled with prosciutto and figs.

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Harvested: September 20, 2012 at 23.8 brix
Fermented: In bins using the time honored tradition of hand punch downs
Aged: French and American Oak barrels for 22 months
Blend: 100% Merlot
Bottled: June 13, 2014  Cases produced: 156
Released: September, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00  Awards: Bronze at the California State Fair

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2015 Estate Chardonnay | Julie's Chardonnay | Sierra Foothills | Smith Vineyard

2015 Estate Chardonnay - Julie's Chardonnay

Tasting notes:
Juicy pear aromas lead to a full-bodied, buttery mouth feel. Bright flavors of pear tart, and tropical aromas carry through to a fresh, clean finish. A well-made chardonnay that stays fresh and agile despite its richness.

Pairing ideas:
Great on its own, terrific with cheeses, or fabulous with salmon-stuffed ravioli in creamy dill sauce.

Fun Facts:

Harvested: September 26, 2015 at 23.4 brix
Fermented: Stainless Steel
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Bottled: April 11, 2016,  Cases: 130
Suggested Retail Price: $19.00
Named after the only daughter of our founder Dr. Wayne Smith, the sister of the original “Three Brothers“…Cheers!


2013 Estate Primitivo | Grass Valley Wine Tasting

2013 Estate Primitivo, 98 Points, Double Gold, Best of Class of Region, Best of California, California State Fair

Tasting notes:
Deep garnet color with bold fruity flavors of fig, blackberry preserves and cloves, with a silky tannins, leading to a smooth finish.

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Fun Facts:

Primitivo is originally of Croatian origin and is said to be the original Zinfandel clone. In 2006, Smith Vineyard purchased cuttings from U.C. Davis and grafted onto 26 year old root stock.

Grafted: Spring of 2006
Root Stock: from Bari, Italy
Harvested:  October 15, 2013 at 24.8 brix
Fermented: In bins using the time honored tradition of hand punch downs.
Aged: French and American oak barrels for 17 months.
Blend: 100% Primitivo,  Alcohol Content 14.4%
Bottled: April 12, 2016, Cases: 402 cases
Released: June, 2016
Suggested Retail Price: $27.00  Awards:  California State Fair – Double Gold 96 points, “Best of Class of Region”,  “Best of California”

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2013 Estate Syrah | Smith Vineyard | Four Generations Strong

2013 Estate Syrah

Tasting notes:
-Garnet color and full bodied with aromas of dried cherries and strawberries leading to a sweet tobacco finish.

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Fun Facts:

Grafted: Spring of 2006
Root Stock: from Bari, Italy
Harvested:  October 5, 2013 at 26.1 brix
Fermented: In bins using the time honored tradition of hand punch downs.
Aged: French and American oak barrels for 17 months.
Blend: 96% Primitivo, 4% Syrah  Alcohol Content 14.4%
Bottled: April 12, 2015, Cases: 116 cases
Released: September, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $24.00

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Three Brothers V - Smith Vineyard

Three Brothers V

Tasting notes:
A delicious red table wine with aromas of black cherry and plum which lead to a sweet tobacco and smoky finish.

Pairing ideas:
Great on its own, terrific with cheeses, or fabulous with pasta in red sauce.

Fun Facts:

Three Brothers was created to honor the brothers that have worked our vineyard. The original brothers Gary, Ron and Steve. And now the third generation, the sons of Gary and Christina, Kyle, Kevin and Cody. The blend is made from our own Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Primitivo… Enjoy!

Blend: 50% Merlot, 30% Primitivo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermented: in bins using the time honored tradition of hand punch-downs.
Aged: French and American Oak for 19 months
Bottled: April 11, 2016, Cases: 158 cases
Released: September 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $26.00

 

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2014 Christina's Blush | Smith Vineyard | Grass Valley Wine Tasting

2014 Christina's Blush, Sold Out!

Tasting notes:
Light and fruity with aromas of rhubarb and strawberry with bright flavors of cherry leading to a fresh, clean finish.

Pairing ideas:
Great on its own, chilled on a hot summer day. This wine is also terrific with spicy Tai food, or as a dessert wine. It can also be served as a topping on raspberry sorbet.

Fun Facts:

Harvested: September 8, 2014 at 24.9 Brix
Fermented: Stainless Steel • .4% Residual Sugar
Aged: Stainless Steel for 11 months
Blend: 100% Merlot
Bottled: April 11, 2014, Cases: 53 cases
Retail Price: $17.00
Certified Organic Fruit

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