2015 Mount Veeder Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1347936 93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and burly, but also quite pleasing for a young Mt. Veeder Cabernet. Inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, lavender, bacon fat spice and licorice fill out the wine's mid-weight frame nicely. Plush and unctuous through to the finish, Mt. Veeder's Cabernet Sauvignon is a real overachiever in this vintage, as the extra kick of volume gives the wine an unusual level of opulence that works nicely to balance some of the more imposing structural elements in the wine. (AG)  (1/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 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. (JD)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Mount Veeder Winery was one born from the hard work and dedication of Michael and Arlene Bernstein. The Bernsteins first discovered the rugged property in the early 1960s and later bought it as a rustic retreat. In the ensuing years they transformed it into an enviable vineyard, almost by accident. After farming the property’s prune orchard for the first few years, a farmhand who lived on the property presented the Bernsteins with a bundle of cast-off grapevine cuttings. Michael stuck the unrooted cuttings into the ground and never gave them a drop of water. Miraculously, of the 60 cuttings planted, 58 lived. Michael turned his full attention to the vines and built his land into a thriving vineyard, ultimately making history as the first vintner in Napa Valley to plant one property to all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2018 | Send Email
Mt. Veeder Cab at this price point is almost unheard of. Add the fact that 2015 produced wines of powerful concentration but low, low yields and this price seems even more ludicrous. The wine shows the classic brambly, tobacco laced Cabernet fruit the appellation is known for but with a little more richness, softness and accessibility then one might expect from mountain fruit. This is a killer value for drinking now or in 5-10 years - don't miss it.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2018 | Send Email
At elevations of 1,000 to 1,600 feet, the mesoclimate up on Mount Veeder is completely different than the valley floor. You can definitely taste this in the wine. 2015 was a warm year with tons of fruit, so this wine can be enjoyed now if you are looking for something to pair with your grilled meat dishes. This is a dense, full and sturdy Cabernet that should hold up well in a cellar as well.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2018 | Send Email
A killer Napa cab at a killer price. Good to go now with its ripe, juicy tannin, leather, and layers of tobacco notes. The density of the deep, dark fruit notes are mouthwatering. If you like cabs that have a personality and swagger, this is for you.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.