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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Yates Family Vineyard Fleur de Veeder 2007
Yates Family Vineyard Fleur de Veeder 2007
(search item no. 111937)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This deftly balanced and plush Merlot, beautifully exhibits the quality we've come to expect from Mount Veeder. The enticing bouquet of red berries, smoldering spices and mint lead to intense flavors of crushed raspberry and black cherry. Dark chocolate and a hint of anise add to the complexity. Round and full mouth tannins complete the smooth and lingering finish. This wine will pair beautifully with anything off the barbeque and dark chocolate desserts.
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About Yates Family Vineyard:

The Yates Family Vineyard is located on the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, which is located in the hills between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This mountainous district 9 miles west of the town of Napa, was known as the "Napa Redwoods" in the late 1800's. It is now recognized as the "Mount Veeder Appellation". The vineyard is located at the end of beautiful Redwood Road. The Yates family has owned the property for more than 60 years.

The 35 acres of steep, hillside vineyards were replanted by the Yates’ family in the early 1980s to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. At an average elevation of over 1,100 feet, the site, with its combination of micro climates and volcanic soils, produces incredible grapes with intense fruit flavors.

The vineyard is also home to the historic ghost winery that was built in the 1800’s. Known then as "Castle Rock Vineyard", Ernest Streich, with son Robert, farmed and made wine until Prohibition in one of the original gravity flow wineries. Ahead of their time, they were one of the first to experiment with cultured yeast and temperature to control their fermentations.

These elements all contribute to the extremely long-lived wines from this vineyard. Ultimately the telling is in the tasting. We hope you will avail yourself of the opportunity to discover our very special wines.