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2015 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Image
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
5.8 g/L
Pre-fermentation cold soak of 4 days to enhance color and body. Fermentation and maceration averaging 22 days to build structure and integrate mouthfeel.
Alcohol %

2015 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep ruby in color with aromas of dark, ripe fruit, plum, cassis, and fig with complex hints of porcini and smoked meats. Over time, dark chocolate, bergamot, with underlying hints of bay, dried herb, and peppercorn emerge on the nose. Rich, full-bodied with generous Cabernet structure, yet a very supple mouthfeel. Brambly with berry, peppercorn, and olive that fill the palate and lead to a long, lingering finish of dark fruit and notes of crème brûlée. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Vineyard Notes
Another warm, drier year, 2015 had about 23 inches of rain, around 70% of normal. This year stood out for how dry the spring was. Fortunately, we had solid, drenching rains in December to fill the reservoirs, putting us in a better water position than last year. The warmer temps in winter and spring got the vines off to a fast start. Around May, cooler temps and foggy mornings set in, which dragged out bloom and affected the "set," or pollination of the flowers. This resulted in some "shatter," or flowers that did not set, and thus grapes did not form. Consequently, the clusters were smaller and looser with less crop overall than the large 2013 and 2014 vintages. The cooler spring weather had a bigger impact on berry set in the mountain AVAs of Napa Valley, including Mt. Veeder, than on the valley floor. Lighter loads led to accelerated development and a very early harvest. We started the Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon harvest in Rosenquist on September 10, which is incredibly early for this varietal. The north ranch is less exposed to the sun, so it takes a little more time to ripen fully. The last of the Cabernet was harvested off this ranch from block 425 on October 8.
Winemaker Notes
Our Mount Veeder vines speak a language all their own. Becoming fluent in that language, fully understanding all its subtleties and nuance is the trick to making great wine from 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
90 Points

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot,and the rest Malbec,Cabernet Franc, and Syrah, all of which was brought up in French oak. It's a beauty that delivers the goods, especially at the price. Violets, blueberries, spice, and underbrush notes all give way to a plump, rounded, sexy red that shows the upfront fruit of the vintage, yet stays light and nicely balanced on the palate. It should keep for a decade.

Jeb Dunnuck -, December 29, 2017
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William peil
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(Aug 21, 2018 at 1:45 AM)
I enjoyed your 1974 vintage as my first, and I’m winding down with a 2015.. most would say I am robbing the proverbial cradle, but I say no.. it is drinking brilliantly with my steak tartare, and my gnocchi with our oven roasted tomatoes with grilled veal loins..cheers, and long may you run..😎🍷

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