2010 Mount Veeder Reserve Napa Valley
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
APPEARANCE: Dark Garnet
AROMAS: Intense and complex. Layers of dark plum, black cherry, tobacco, and subtle oak, finishing with hints of graphite, bay, and sage.
Flavors: Balanced and mouthfilling, this wine is bursting with flavors of forest berries, cassis, and rich baking spices. Subtle layers of bay, sweet herbs, violets, and black peppercorn meld with the supple and broad tannins that linger on the finish.
92 Points - Wine & Spirits, August 2014
A powerful mountain wine (96 percent cabernet sauvignon), this has the wild blueberry and conifer forest scents of fruit grown on Mt. Veeder. It’s fully ripe without excess, leaving room for the tannins to show their soil inflection, a black glint of minerality that focuses the wine’s plump fruit. Suited to several years of aging, this is built for grilled lamb. ~ J.G.
2010 brought near-average rainfall amounts with a few late spring rains delaying the start of ripening. The spring and summer temperatures stayed mild, with only one heat spike coming in late August. This helped to advance ripening and the start of harvest, which began about one week later than normal. The reds are deeply colored and elegantly structured, with abundant dark cassis fruit, fine-grained tannins and supple mouthfeel. Our vineyards on Mount Veeder received a little push from Mother Nature during the last week of September in the form of warm days accompanied by warm nights. Cabernet Sauvignon from our Mount Veeder Vineyards started to arrive at the winery on October 15 with the last grapes coming off the mountain on November 4.
Our Mount Veeder vines speak a language all their own. The elevation—a lofty 1,500-1,600 feet above sea level—creates unique and rugged growing conditions, which encourage vines to struggle to produce a low yield of high quality fruit. Becoming fluent in that language, fully understanding all of its subtleties and nuances, is the trick to making great wine from high-altitude mountain vineyards. Over the years, we have come to know the contours, dips, and ridges of the mountain—and the sequence of ripening that is the key to it all.
A Mount Veeder harvest is a zen-like art of moving across a three-dimensional chessboard. Take the uphill side of the vine only, or the downhill side, or just the north, south, east, or west section. We pick only what’s ready and at peak flavor and ripeness. It’s a complex endeavor, and needs to be carved with precision, matching areas of the block that are at the same level of ripeness, and leaving other areas to mature another week or more.
- Janet Myers
Only 420 cases produced.