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 underlying geology, the Franciscan mélange, is just 500 miles long and was created by the
Continental Plate grinding off the top of the Pacific Plate as it subducts under the Continental Plate.
At Smith-Madrone our goal is to make artisanal wines which are distinctive and are an expression
of both the vintage and us, as vintners, yet above all else, the wines must bring pleasure to the
senses. Every year our wine is made from the same vineyards, pruned by the same people in the
same way, cultivated in exactly the same manner and harvested at similar levels of maturity, yet
Mother Nature stamps each vintage with a unique set of flavors, senses and character. Vintage
dating is a celebration of that uniqueness and diversity.