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2015 Mount Veeder Reserve Red Blend Napa Valley Image
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Napa Valley
6.5 g/L
20 months in small oak barrels. 100% new French oak.
Alcohol %

2015 Mount Veeder Reserve Red Blend Napa Valley

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SKU: 80001054-15
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Beautifully layered aromas of ripe blackberry, dark cherry, and cassis meld with savory notes of white pepper, cardamom, and complex sandalwood and rosemary. Seamlessly dense cassis and dark berries lead to a rich, full palate that is round with juicy, fleshy dark fruit. The smooth tannins are integrated and deftly woven. Thee wine is bright and well balanced with a graciously powerful character that finishes with long, bold, and intense flavors. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Vineyard Notes
2015 was warm and dry with about 70% of normal rainfall (23 inches). Spring was dry, but fortunately, drenching rains in December filled the reservoirs. Warm winter and spring temperatures got the vines off to a fast start. Cooler temperatures and foggy mornings set in around May, which dragged out bloom, affected pollination, and resulted in some flowers that did not set, reducing grape formation. The clusters were smaller and looser, with a smaller overall crop. These lighter loads led to accelerated development and a very early harvest. We started harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon on Mount Veeder from our Rosenquist ranch on September 10, which is incredibly early for the varietal. Since the North Ranch is less exposed to the sun, it takes a little more time to ripen fully. The last Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder was harvested on this ranch from block 425 on October 8.
Winemaker Notes
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 that encourage vines to struggle, producing 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.
730 cases produced
90 Points

A big step up in price, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec,and4% Petit Verdot) offers more plum, blueberry, graphite, and incense notes, as well as slightly more mid-palate depth and building tannin on the finish. It's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drinknicely for a decade after that.

Jeb Dunnuck -, December 29, 2017
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