Everything is in place for a superlative 2005 vintage: a core of deep, dark
mountain fruit contained within a powerful tannin structure, conveying
great balance and integration for so young a wine. This Cabernet embodies
the essence of Mt. Veeder in its concentrated blackberry, black cherry and
cassis flavors, interwoven with cocoa and cedar. The underlying mountain
tannins are fine-grained and supple, promising even better things to come.
This single-vineyard source that Robert Craig helped to plant in 1990 is
located at 1800 feet along the mountain’s summit in southwestern Napa
Valley. The contours of this 26-acre site offer quintessential Mt. Veeder
terrain, with multiple hillside exposures and changes in elevation of up to
400 feet. The resulting microclimates create varied weather patterns
which influence grape development and ripening, The well-drained
sandstone and blue shale soils provide an ideal foundation for growing
small, concentrated berries. Each vineyard block is managed separately
and grapes are picked over several weeks to insure perfect ripeness. Yield
averages 1 to 3 tons per acre. Individual vineyard lots remain separate
throughout barrel fermentation, with the master blend crafted from
optimum barrel selection.
Aroma: A focused nose of deep blackberry and cassis, laced with white
chocolate, a touch of anise, smoky cedar and tobacco. Flavors: Mouthfilling
mountain fruit and cassis predominate, underlain with mocha, bay
leaf and licorice. Finish: The full palette of Mt Veeder flavors carries
through on a long finish, bringing forth more dark fruit, supple tannins
and notes of tobacco and vanilla. General: A powerful, balanced and
complex wine with well-integrated, ripe tannins. Decanting recommended.
Harvest dates: October 3 – November 1
Average sugar: 25.2° Brix
Barrel Aging: 19 months in Chateau-style French oak, 80% new and 20%
Bottling Date: June 2007
Price: California suggested retail price is $70.00 per bottle.
Release Date: September 2008