When Charles Smith’s name goes on the bottle, you know there’s goodness inside. And once again, SCORE! I’ve reviewed this label in three or four vintages. This one might be the best. Two top critics – Jeb Dunnuck and James Suckling – agree that this bottle merits 92 points. But otherwise, they might as well be describing two wines, not one, illustrating that, because taste buds vary, people may taste different things. Dunnuck: Juicy blue fruits, leafy tobacco, violets, and orange blossom notes all emerge from the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Cs and it's medium to full-bodied, has a beautifully balanced, fruit-forward style, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's no simple fruit bomb and has notable structure, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. It reminds me of a top Cru Bourgeois from Bordeaux and represents a stunning value. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.” Suckling: Currants, flowers and walnuts on the nose. Medium-bodied with a pretty core of fruit and fine tannins and a crisp finish. Lead pencil. Fresh. Compact. Delicate and delicious. Enjoy. Drink or hold.” I say buy two cases: drink one now and then two a year for the next six years. Or not. No matter: You can have it for less than $12 from four or five sources; sub $13 for many more.

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