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Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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14.5% ABV
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4.1 45 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby in color with intense and intriguing layers of juicy berries and dark plum, toasty oak notes, and spicy hints of sweet bay leaf and anise. Vibrant berry and dark chocolate flavors blend with black peppercorn and graphite to create a complex and full palate. The rich, velvety structure delivers a smooth and seamless finish of cassis, blackberry pie, and rosemary.

Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Syrah

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JS 92
James Suckling
I like the intensity of licorice, tar and graphite on the nose, not to mention the blackberry character. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Racy.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
A winery that is near and dear to my heart, I have been follow these wines since that mid-1970's. The 2013 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet is nicely done; shows excellent balance and a pleasing softness on the palate, fills out to the finish with fine energy. Medium to deep ruby in color; fine, bright and lasting red fruit aromas, plenty of energy here; medium bodied, well textured on the palate; bright berry flavors, with a twist of earth and savory anise like notes; medium finish, layered aftertaste. A fine choice with prime rib of beef. (Tasted: December 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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Mount Veeder Winery

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Mount Veeder Winery, Napa Valley, California
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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.

Napa Valley

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, and in a short span of time, Napa Valley is a relative newcomer in the world of prestigious red wine regions. While the 1960s brought a few determined growers to the valley, by the 1970s Napa Valley already had shown the world its ability to compete head-to-head with the esteemed region of Bordeaux. The victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris, followed by Robert Parker’s 100-point perfect score awarded to the Groth 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon brought plenty of acclaim to the valley.

Though Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly still dominates Napa Valley in every way, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and enjoying plenty of recognition, other red varieties certainly thrive here as well. Important but often overlooked include Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded for single varietal wines or for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel still exists in the valley and in its mountain appellations, representing an important historical stronghold for the region. Pinot noir can be produced but mainly in the cooler southern parts of the valley close to the San Pablo Bay.

What makes Napa such an amazing place for the production of red wines? Mainly it is a combination of ideal weather patterns and incredible soil variations. A balance of hot days and cool nights from the cool moist air of the San Pablo Bay or elevation, or both, allows even and slow ripening of its grapes. Furthermore the valley and its more mountainous sub appellations claim over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—all ideal for world-class red wine production.

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