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No one knows that delicious four pack WineSmith is secretly mild-mannered writer Clark Smith! Maybe it's the glasses?

When we heard Clark Smith was a writer, we groaned. "He'll want to do everything!" we said, "What if he only wants to write about elves in spaceships?" But it turns out that Clark Smith isn't the sort of guy who cares about spaceship elves. And we assume that means he knows a thing or two about wine.

Check this out, by way of example:

I DARE you to try my 2003 Chardonnay, to marvel at its straw-green tint and fresh lemon blossom nose, and wonder if it could possibly only this year have become drinkable. I DOUBLE DARE you then to appreciate the 2004 vintage (name changed to “Faux Chablis”) and note that it is still too steely and unbloomed to enjoy as you will years hence. To facilitate this double dare, I have cut the $30 retail price exactly in half.

Succinct, right? And not a SINGLE crazy word like "Smalgframablan the Crusher" or "Ion Genesis Port Gemini." THAT is a fella who knows how to use the words that exist, and THAT is the greatest type of writing that exists. And everybody knows that he who masters words masters wine.

So take a chance and enjoy the two pack of 2003 Chardonnay and two pack of 2004 Faux Chablis that Clark Smith has brought us. Perhaps it'll be like guzzling a poem, or drinking a thrilling novel. Or maybe it'll just be really good wine.

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2003 WineSmith Napa Valley Chardonnay, Student Vineyard Napa Valley College 750ml 2-Pack

Bright straw-green color, shocking for a wine of this age.  Well-bloomed champagne-like sur-lees yeastiness and classic lemon oil of ripe cool climate chardonnay.  The mouth is plump and structured but finishes with lively mineral energy.  When most people taste this wine, they think it’s pretty high acid, and it is indeed quite lively and palate-cleansing, great with seafood. But that’s not acidity, it’s minerality, and whatever it is, it sure makes wines age a long time.

2004 WineSmith Napa Valley Faux Chablis, Student Vineyard, Napa Valley College 750ml 2-Pack
 
The last year WineSmith tried to sell this stuff as Napa Valley Chardonnay was 2003.  After that, they only sold it as “Faux Chablis.”  The wine is a little denser than the 2003 and more minerally.  The nose has not “bloomed” yet, and does not yet show the yeastiness or open fruit expression.  If the 2003 is a flower in full bloom, this is still a bud.  In the mouth there is an edge of steely hardness that needs time to soften. Winemaker Clark Smith cannot see it covering the distance to where the 2003 is in just one year; it probably needs around three years to open completely.  Still, it has its uses today.  It’s wonderful with half-shell oysters or sashimi, and it cuts into Thai food with vigor and mirth.
 
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If chatter about “minerality,” “graceful longevity,” “true Chardonnay aromas” and “classic Eurocentric balance” gets you off, then this is one of the most compelling must-taste wines I have ever made. Yet I cannot sell this stuff at Safeway to save my life! Why? Because it’s a ten-year-old Chardonnay just barely ready to drink, which everyone assumes is stone-dead over-the-hill, right?
 
I tell this story best on my video at http://bit.ly/Z0GWiF . Please go there and hear me out.
 
~ Clark smith

 

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Owner Clark Smith talks about today’s “Double Dare” offer – definitely not your typical Napa Valley Chardonnay.

Specs

Winery Retail Price: $120.00
Average Shipping:  $20.00
Woot Shipping:  (-$5.00)
Total MSRP:   $135.00

 

2003 WineSmith Napa Valley Chardonnay, Student Vineyard Napa Valley College 750ml 2-Pack

  • Alcohol:12.9%
  • Vineyard Location: Student Vineyard, Napa Valley College (south Napa town)
  • Harvest Date: 27 September 2003
  • Harvest Sugar: 24.8 Brix
  • Fermentation techniques: Prise de Mousse yeast, Fermentation on untoasted Alliers oak
  • Elevage details:
  • Malolactic fermentation suppressed
  • Weekly bâtonage six months
  • Alcohol adjusted via recombinatory distillation of reverse osmosis permeate to “sweet spot” at 12.9 %
  • TA 7.3 g/L
  • pH 3.32 at bottling
  • Production: 230 cases

 

2004 WineSmith Napa Valley Faux Chablis, Student Vineyard, Napa Valley College 750ml 2-Pack

  • Alcohol: 12.9%
  • Harvest Date: 29 September 2004
  • Harvest Sugar: 24.8 Brix
  • Fermentation techniques: Prise de Mousse yeast, Fermentation on untoasted Alliers oak
  • Elevage details:
  • Malolactic fermentation suppressed
  • Weekly bâtonnage six months
  • Alcohol adjusted via recombinatory distillation of reverse osmosis permeate to “sweet spot” at 12.9 %
  • TA 6.8 g/L
  • pH 3.48 at bottling
  • Production: 168 cases

 

Winery Details

WineSmith Cellars

Founded:
1993
Owner:
Clark Smith
Location:
Sebastopol, CA
Clark Smith is an MIT drop-out who wandered out to California in 1972 and sold wine retail in the Bay Area for several years, where he acquired a love of Bordeaux, Burgundy and all things French and observed first hand the California winery explosion in the 1970s.  After a three year stint at Veedercrest Vineyards, he secured enology training at UC Davis and spent the 1980s as founding winemaker for The R.H. Phillips Vineyard in Yolo County.  In 1990, he founded WineSmith Consulting and patented a group of new winemaking techniques involving reverse osmosis, spinning off Vinovation, which went on to become the world’s largest wine production consulting firm over its 17-year history.
 
Frustrated with California’s winemaking trends, Clark started WineSmith Cellars in 1993 as a teaching winery to make Eurocentric wines to explore traditions beyond the mainstream, expanding for his winemaking clients the range of possibility for California fruit.  Choosing to create long-term partnerships with committed growers rather than growing his own grapes, Clark has become an renowned expert on Cabernet Franc, having vinified twenty vintages from a wide variety of sites. 
 
Teaching at Napa Valley College gave him access to the Student Vineyard for Faux Chablis and his Pauillac-style $100 “Crucible” Cabernet Sauvignon.  From Renaissance Vineyards in North Yuba County he has made a sulfite-free Roman Syrah and also produces a Pinot Noir from Fiddlestix Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills in a delicate, age-worthy Côtes de Beaune style.  These wines are vinified in an ancient beat-up warehouse in Sebastopol, California.
 
WineSmith wines are noted for their longevity, classic balance, structural integrity, minerality and understated soulfulness.  They often are aged extensively prior to release.  When drinking a WineSmith wine, always ask yourself “What is this wine trying to teach me?”  Clark is a vocal advocate of living soil and graceful longevity, and generally avoids excessive oak, alcohol, or extended hang-time.  He is not shy about employing new tools when they are needed, such as alcohol adjustment to bring fruit into balance or micro-oxygenation to build refined structure, but always fully discloses techniques which are controversial and is outspoken in explaining his rationale.
 
His book, Postmodern Winemaking, is the culmination of four decades of reflection on wine’s true nature.  

 

 

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