Mt Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


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Mt Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

96pts – James Suckling

Plenty of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied with round, fresh tannins. Lots of blue fruit and walnuts. Then crushed stones with the fruit at the finish. Flavorful, yet not overdone. Give this four or five years to come around. Try after 2025.

James Suckling

93pts – Wine Spectator

Solid, with a loamy edge guiding the core of warmed cassis and plum reduction flavors along. Subtle sweet bay leaf, apple wood and anise notes fill in on the finish. Drink now through 2032. 59,400 cases made.

J.M. – Wine Spectator


Tasting Notes

Deep cherry, black plum, and caramel with hints of dried sage and cedar. Ripe blackberry and cherry preserves framed by mocha and baking spices. Layers of abundant fruit, dried herbs, and sweet oak. Seamless, integrated tannins create a rich structure and reflect a mountain personality.

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot

Vineyard Notes

The  vines  woke  up  slowly  in  2018  but  set  a  healthy  crop.  Plenty  of  winter  rain  recharged  the  soil.  A  cool  spring  with  late-season  showers  transitioned to a moderate summer where morning fog provided a slow, steady march to variation. With no heat spikes and warm, sunny fall days, clusters enjoyed extended time on the vine, developing complex flavors, balanced  acidity,  and  refined  tannins.  Oak  Knoll  Merlot,  harvested  September 9, were the first grapes picked for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Harvest on Mount Veeder began on September 24 with Malbec  from  both  Rosenquist  and  the  North  Ranch.  The  final  grapes  from Mount Veeder were picked from the Winery Ranch on October 27.

Winemaker Notes

Our Mount Veeder vines speak a language all their own. Becoming fluent in that language, fully understanding all its subtleties and nuance is the trick to making great wine from mountain vineyards. Over the years, we have come to know the contours, dips, and ridges of the mountain and the sequence of ripening that is the key to it all. A Mount Veeder harvest is a Zen-like art of moving across a three-dimensional chessboard. Take the uphill side of the vine only, or the downhill side, or just the north, south, east, or west section. We pick only what’s ready and at peak flavor and ripeness. It’s a complex endeavor, and needs to be carved with precision, matching areas of the block that are at the same level of ripeness, and leaving other areas to mature another week or more.

Wine Specs

Vintage:  2018
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation:  Napa Valley
Alcohol:  14.5%