Wine of the Week

Find Out Why Wine Experts Love this 92 Point Cabernet

Did I mention this Cabernet is under $20?

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the week and I have a great red wine for you guys! You probably noticed I’ve been reviewing a ton of white wines lately, but there’s nothing like a nice glass of smooth Cabernet in the winter.

This week’s featured wine has been perfected since the 1980s, is full of fruity flavors and has over 3,000 5-star reviews. And that is Smith & Hook’s Cabernet Sauvignon!

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The Notes

Everyone agrees that this Cabernet is full-bodied and very smooth. Some describe it as a jammy Californian Cabernet, others say it’s very dry. I think it’s somewhere in the middle.

The official aromatic notes are blackberry, blueberry, violet, tobacco leaf and cedar. The tasting notes are dried cranberry, backed blackberry, and toasty oak. This wine ends with a long silky finish.

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Accolades and Reviews

Smith & Hook’s expertise is red wine, specifically Cabernet and Red Blends. Up until 1 week ago, they only had red wine varietals (all averaging 90+ points). The only exception is their brand new Sauvignon Blanc that was just released earlier this month, and you know I’ll be trying that too!

Not sure what the point system means? Check out my article breaking it all down here!

Whether you go by the point system or not, one things for sure: experts love this wine.

Here’s a list of accolades for their 2019 vintage of their Cabernet:

  • 92 pts, Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast, December 2021 Hot Sheet
  • 92 pts, Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast, December 2021 Shelf Talker 6up
  • 90 pts, Wine & Spirits, December 2021 Hot Sheet

92 points for a $15-$20 bottle of Cabernet is amazing. And that’s just for their 2019 vintage, their previous vintages also won tons of awards totaling seven 90+ Point ratings in the last 5 vintages. Check out the full list here!

And it’s not just the experts that love this wine, us regular ol’ wine lovers are obsessed too! Reviewers on Vivino have given Smith & Hook 12,000+ 4-star reviews and 3,000+ 5-star reviews, claiming Smith & Hook to be their favorite Cabernet due to it’s bold and smooth qualities. Many reviewers also agree it’s easy to drink, it’s dry and has a delicious fruity flavor.


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Sustainable Practices

Smith & Hook is part of the Hahn Estate wine group, which has earned their Sustainable in Practice Program (SIP) seal, meaning they partake in wine-growing practices that keep the land and it’s protection in mind. The SIP program does this by reviewing and improving vineyard practices regularly.

Hahn Estates also protect the land they grow on by encouraging biodiversity to thrive in the vineyards, continuously improving their farming practices, partaking in soil/energy/water conservation, practicing safe pest management (meaning they utilize certain insects and falcons to control birds from destroying crops) and much more.

A wine that not only tastes amazing but does their part to help the environment? Yes please!


What are your thoughts on Smith & Hook Cabernet? Are you just as excited to try their Sauvignon Blanc as I am? Let me know in the comments! Cheers! 🥂

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