Red fruits dominate the welcoming aromas, with noticeable black currant, cloves and cinnamon balanced with hints of vanilla toast. In the glass, a soft entry leads to red berries and a round mid-palate. It finishes with soft, approachable tannins and mountain-picked raspberries. A bit of pleasant vanilla from the oak sits in the background. A wine to enjoy upon release, or with a bit of aging as it gains complexity.
Blend: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, 11% Syrah, 6% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
"The scent of pinesap and the cool spice of cardamom place this on Mt. Veeder. In fact, the blend is based on cabernet sauvignon from the Veeder Summit Vineyard, rising to 2,000 feet, and includes malbec, syrah, merlot and petite verdot. While the texture is as sleek as sating, the flavor complexity lies in the firm structure, lifted by peppery spice. It's a clean, rich red to decant for rack of lamb.
Wine & Spirits
"Smooth, ripe, tangy and herbal with ripe plum, spice and velvety texture; dense, rich and showing chocolate and earth. "
Fruity & Smooth
A good mid-price offering from the Mt Veeder soils, though less structured than past vintages from the same block.