Mount Veeder Reserve 2013
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Mount Veeder Winery, located on the rugged Mount Veeder mountain, originally made a name for themselves in the 1970's with their first release in 1973. Mount Veeder was the first vineyard in Napa Valley planted to all five of the Bordeaux grape varieties used in a classic Bordeaux blend. They feel that blending is the key to crafting the most complete, balanced wine and enhancing the inherent characteristics of each variety. The philosophy at Mount Veeder Winery is that each wine should have its own remarkable way of expressing the mountain soil from which it was born. They believe that great wines are a reflection of their terroir—the combination of soil, topography, microclimate and people—and that excellent grapes handled with minimal processing have the potential to produce the greatest wines. The ultimate goal is the creation of a rich, seamless wine.
'The 2013 vintage gave us near-perfect growing conditions that led to an early harvest. Spring conditions were warm and dry, leading to an early bud break and very even set. Aside from one hot spell at the end of June, temperatures remained moderate throughout spring and summer. With only eight inches of rain from January through June, the vines had less green growth and an earlier turn to fruit development. Early October saw a major north wind event, bringing dry air off the arid northern California interior down across the coastal areas. Humidity during October 3–7 was very low (single digits), with strong winds buffeting all of Napa. Thirsty vineyards prompted harvest to accelerate even more than usual. In seven days, we brought in about 24% of our fruit. Harvest of our hillside fruit on Mount Veeder began September 14 and ended October 19, well ahead of our usual schedule. As harvest progressed, we became more and more aware that the color and intensity of Bordeaux reds in the 2013 vintage would create a truly phenomenal vintage.'
Look for concentrated layers of cassis, fig, and black plum with hints of dark coffee, sweet herbs, cedar, and anise on the 2013 Reserve red. The dense, full body introduces a harmony of flavors, including black cherry, toffee, dark chocolate, and warm spice notes. Powerful yet supple tannins present an elegant texture. A long finish with ripe plum, mocha, graphite, and bay leaf. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec. Serve with classic Steak dinners.
Wine Review OnlineWinemaker Janet Myers scores with this beautiful Reserve. It's straddling fence between rustic and refined, with the best elements of both coming together in this age-worthy bottling. Take some time with the nose here -- under layers of oak you'll find intense cassis backed by notes of fennel, mocha and dried herbs. Grippy mountain tannins pucker the palate, but will subside a bit with some time in the bottle, revealing complex interplay of the nose elements as flavors. I'd start getting into this in about 3 years from now. Rigidly structured wine.