Luscious fruit is upfront, presenting rich blackberry, hints of
blueberry and black currant, along with chocolate, anisette and smoke. Classic Mount Veeder character, with a deep reservoir of black fruit that expands into dark cacao, cassis, vanilla and licorice, followed by earthy notes and a bracing minerality. Flavors broaden on the midpalate, underscored by mouthcoating tannins that support and lift the finish. Delicious upon release, this is a highly structured, balanced wine with exceptional aging potential. Decanting recommended.
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is another dark, powerful wine. Incense, licorice, smoke, tobacco and scorched earth flow from the glass. There is plenty of Mt. Veeder character in the wine’s flavor profile and structure. Though compelling, readers need to give the 2010 time for the chewy, mouthcoating tannins to lose a bit of their edginess. The 2010 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Good deep ruby. Musky cassis, black cherry and spicy bitter chocolate on the nose. Concentrated and chewy but a bit youthfully reduced, with a distinctly medicinal cast to the dark fruit and menthol flavors. Showing little in the way of easy sweetness today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a repeating medicinal quality. More brutal today than the Howell Mountain version but with plenty of potential."
International Wine Cellar