Smith-Madrone: What I'm Drinking For New Year's

I've had the pleasure of reviewing several samples from Smith-Madrone over the past few years and they've always brought a smile to my face.  (Read here, here, and here.)  Though my palate has begun to favor wines of greater subtlety and acidic grace, every now and again, a special occasion calls for something, well, special.

Smith-Madrone's wines are far from subtle, but they are made with such precision that the Napa Valley/Spring Mountain heft they bring to the table is all in balance.  These qualities make for a risk-free proposition - everyone around the table will be impressed and pleased.  Specifics on these wines will follow in the new year, but if you're looking for options that combines power and poise, these could be just the ticket.

May your holidays be merry and bright!