92pts Wine Enthusiast
Intense aromas of smoky oak, ripe berries and caramelized cherries make for a lush nose in this reserve bottling. It lands large on the palate, with smoked meat, black-cherry compote and oak-dust flavors, framed by firm tannins that slip into a caramel-sauce finish.
91pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Smith & Hook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon comes to the fore with the power of Paso. This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of bold black fruit, generous oaky notes, and appealing licorice. Enjoy it with slow, oven-roasted short ribs. (Tasted: March 13, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
Seductively deep and vibrant brick red with hues of crimson, this Reserve possesses aromas of purple flowers, red cherries, cassis, cedar, warm gravel, and graphite. With time, the nose on this wine continues to evolve, revealing plum, leather, and tobacco accents. The palate is youthful and vibrant, balancing on the lighter side of blue and black fruits and berries. A second sip introduces cherry candy and wet rock minerality. A third sip brings forest floor bramble and dried herb notes. The wine is in constant motion, playfully dancing across the palate until it dissolves into dusty, fine tannins.