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Date Printed: 9/1/2015
Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2005
Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2005
(search item no. 103402)
collectible wine

PRICE ON 9/1/2015: $78.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 94 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Mount Veeder was the first winery in California to have one vineyard planted to all five Bordeaux varietals. The Mount Veeder Reserve is an elegant statement of the winemaking philosophy that blending creates a wine more than the sum of its parts. Crafted from small lots of exceptionally concentrated fruit from our three ranches, this distinctive red wine is the essence of power and finesse.

Deep ruby in appearance with rich aromas of mountain fruit, brambly berry, coffee, bay, and cassis fill the nose. Hints of licorice, vanilla and cocoa add to the complexity. The flavor is powerful and dense, with a big, supple mouthfeel carrying deep layers of blackberry, sage, plum and chocolate. Rich and well-structured, with mouth-filling tannins and toasty notes of sweet oak. The full-bodied palate leads to a long complex finish of blackberry, anise, and cocoa.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 7% Malbec

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About 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.