Ch. Potelle Mt. Veeder VGS Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 31038
  • red wine
  • WS94
  • WE92
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Winemaker's Notes

If Cabernet is THE grape of the Napa Valley, Mount Veeder is definitely THE place to grow this king of the grapes. The elevation, slopes, poor soils, natural drainage, dry farming, stressed vines, small berries and low yield all unite to produce a wine of intense character in both fruitiness and spiciness. It is a wine rich in personality with concentration and depth. These grapes come from our 26 year old vines on our Mount Veeder Estate. They are hand picked. The extremely low yield, 2 tons per acre, is due to the structure of the different soils the Cabernet grows on ranging from volcanic, rocky soils to deep loamy and clay. These soils force the vines to work harder creating a wine of intense character both in fruitiness and deeper spice flavors. Natural fermentation brings the true flavors from the soils and the grape. The wine was aged 20 months in French oak barrels. To ensure the lowest manipulation possible, all rackings are made by gravity barrel to barrel. Unfiltered, the wine keeps in the bottle all the elements it developed in the barrels. Château Potelle Cabernet Sauvignon VGS is aged 16 months in the bottle before release. This extra time allows for the tannins to melt and integrate and contribute to make a wine well rounded and ample at release.

Learn About Ch. Potelle

The Chateau Potelle estate of 202 acres is located high on top of Mount Veeder overlooking Napa. Its 35-year-old vines are stressed by 1200 to 2000 foot elevations, poor soils, steep slopes and dry farming, producing low yields and small berries. Natural yeast fermented and unfiltered, these wines are handcrafted by Marketta Formeaux's natural winemaking techniques to create wines that are intense yet balanced.

Learn About Napa Valley

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...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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