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Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • WS90
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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby color. Vibrant aromas of dark brambly berry, blackberry, and cherry with bay leaf, sage, and toasty oak layers on the nose, highlighted by notes of cassis and tobacco. Intense and complex. Rich and powerful with enticing flavors of currant, cassis, bay leaf, and tobacco entwined in this concentrated wine. The intensity of this mountain fruit shows as flavors of bay leaf and spice, with dark ripe plums rounding out the lingering finish.

Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 2% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

TP 92
Tasting Panel

Dark and juicy with concentrated black plum, spice and tangy acidity; rich, smooth and complex with lovely flavors and depth. 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Rich and Bordeaux-like, with well-defined cedar, cigar box, tobacco leaf and dried currant flavors joining loamy earth, sage and underbrush. Ends with firm, chewy tannins. Best to cellar shortterm.

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Mount Veeder Winery

Mount Veeder Winery

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Mount Veeder Winery, , California
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.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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