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Napa Cabernet Recommendations from the Mt. Veeder Sub-Appellation

By Thom Elkjer

Mt Veeder is a Napa Valley appellation on the south east slopes of the valley in the Mayacamas Range. Steep vineyards and remote wineries are typical of its 25 square miles. Cabernets are dominant here with 40 percent of the overall acreage planted to this varietal.

Viticulture in this esteemed area goes back as far as the 1860’s. Two turn-of-the-century’s later, there are about 14 vintners and 24 growers in this appellation.

Try these eight Cabernet selections and see what you think about these distinctive wines.

Tasting Notes: Forchini Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley “Proprietor's Reserve” 2002 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2002 ($40): brilliant ruby in color, with red plums and cherry aromas framed in mineral and earth; the same flavors are well integrated in a firmly structured wine with an attractive European personality.
Tasting Notes: Mauritson Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2002

Rubissow-Sargent Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2001 ($30): deep dark ruby in color; fresh from the barnyard aromatically but very sweet in the mouth, emphasizing red fruit and balanced with bright acidity that puts an edge on the texture.

Tasting Notes: Passalacqua Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002 ($40): super sweet aromas of red cherries and plums flow into a great first impression in your mouth; soft, teeth-coating tannins cover the fruit past the mid-palate, unbalancing (for now) what is still a very young wine. Give it 3-5 years.

Tasting Notes: Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Pedroni-Bushnell Vineyard 2001

Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2000 ($60): pretty dark ruby color and appealing blueberry and raspberry aromas with Cab’s signature chalk notes; after an austere opening, the wine blossoms in your mouth and suggests the splendor to come in five to ten years. 100% estate -- history in a glass.

Tasting Notes: Preston Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley “Old Vines/Old Clones” 2003

Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2002 ($175): can wine be worth this price? Maybe: concentrated, opulent, seamless aromas of red and black berries and cherries followed by even more layers of flavor in your mouth, including anise, cassis and baking spice; ripe, soft tannins are abundant yet cool, the texture is dense and rich, the finish endless. Complete wine.

Tasting Notes: Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2003

Chateau Potelle Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 1999 ($60): from the winery’s Mount Veeder vineyards; wet dog and saddle leather along with black fruit and baking spice in the aromas and flavors; deftly balanced medium-bodied wine with a European sensibility.

Tasting Notes: Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley “Lytton Springs” 2003

Wing Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2001 ($35): garnet in color, with sweet, well blended aromas of classic Cabernet cherries and chalk; just about perfect in your mouth: sweet, rich, spicy, with an engaging, expansive texture and long finish. From dry-farmed 20-year-old vines 2000 feet up. Excellent value.

Tasting Notes: Seghesio Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley “Cortina” 2003

Wing Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2000 ($25): brilliant garnet color, dense red cherry and plum aromas with crushed oats and earthy notes; dead ringer for left-bank Bordeaux, as the aromas become flavors that reach up to the citrus acidity and down to the minerals layers. Another excellent value.

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