Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe black currant, dark cherry, and lilac interlace with black pepper, bay leaves, coffee, and toasted oak to create a rich, dense nose. Powerful, rich, and textured notes of dark cherry, ripe plum, caramel, and vanilla flavors weave an intense, voluminous mouthfeel accented by hints of anise and mocha. The back palate is rounded out by a lengthy yet smooth finish of vibrant sweet oak, tobacco leaves, and black olives.
Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec
Wine & Spirits - "Scents of black currant and rhubarb lend a bit of sweet relief to this lean, narrowly focused mountain wine. Overall, it's more savory than sweet, with firm black tannins that carry notes of peppercorns and beef stock. "
Tasting Panel - "Deep, dark and smooth with ripe, juicy plum, blackberry and cassis; rich, toasty and showing tar and spice. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec."
Mount Veeder Winery
Mount Veeder Winery is a dramatic estate with three vineyards carved high in the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking southern Napa Valley. The property totals 121 acres, mostly forest and brush, out of which only 47 are planted to vine.
Vines ranging from 1,000–1,600 feet in elevation cling to rugged, steep slopes that offer cool conditions that lead to slow ripening, which extends the growing season. Mount Veeder is usually the last to harvest in Napa Valley. The result is fruit with highly concentrated flavors - big, bold and brambly - a Cab lover's feast.
Mount Veeder Winery was the first in Napa Valley to plant all five red Bordeaux varieties in the same vineyard. Its expertise with these grapes is manifest in Mount Veeder Winery Reserve, a meritage blend of these noble grapes, which are still grown on the property. View all Mount Veeder Winery Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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10 ratings, 7 with reviewsdjfishhook - Daphne, AL11/1/2013Horrible! Bitter, without any fruit forward taste but plenty of bad after-taste. Biggest let down of this holiday season. Know why it was marked down. Have 5 bottle remaining, would like to send back.412/31/2012tgrona - Brentwood, TN512/26/2012Loved this wine as did everyone I shared it with! Nice and bold but smooth, dry but not too dry with some fruit and a nice finish! Excellent.md4eyes2020 - Roanoke, VA57/26/2014
Delicious and smooth with a lot of complexity. I had a couple cases without one bad bottle. Earlier commenter may have had a bad bottle. It happens. Great value at $30C. Tell - Fort Bragg, CA57/30/2013
- Big & Bold
portland dave - Woodburn, OR57/16/2013
- Earthy & Spicy
Russell Semm - Lincoln, NE56/19/2013
- Big & Bold
Excellent wine with good fruit, tannins and structure. Would definitely buy again.LovePinot - Pleasanton, CA35/31/2013
- Big & Bold
Interesting cab. Was expecting it to be big and bold but was surprisingly smoothRachel Mercer - Prosser, WA43/2/2013
- Smooth & Supple
I noticed another reviewer rated this very poorly--and of course each their own--this wine is quite good (and not flawed). This is a big, deep, rich wine--heavy on the olive, mocha, coffee and herb notes with a rich fruit--think more dark cherry, blue fruits instead of soft, red fruits. Cab can be a beast of a wine, and this is a great example of a Napa Valley classic, very site specific.52/12/2013I just reordered this after tasting a bottle I had ordered before on a whim. It is SOLID with character. A great wine with meatRelated ProductsHess' signature Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our estate Veeder Hills Vineyard. The elevation of this vineyard ranges from ...Rapture represents the very best Cabernet Sauvignon by Michael David Winery. Similar to 1st growth Bordeaux, Rapture is only produced ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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