Wall Road Vineyard, Mount Veeder
2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
AVA: Mount Veeder
Vineyard: Wall Road Vineyard
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Cooperage: 22 Months French Oak, Taransaud and Darnajou
Wall Road Vineyard – This three-acre gem is located at the northern tip of the Mount Veeder AVA, due west of Oakville and the To Kalon vineyard. True to the Veeder AVA, this site delivers both the power and elegance we strive to achieve in our Mountain Cabernets. The elevation, slope orientation and soils yield fully ripened small berries with concentrated flavor
Mount Veeder AVA – Known for its acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, this illustrious appellation produces graceful, varietally expressive and world-renowned wine. Limited by nature, Mount Veeder’s rugged mountain terrain, high elevation and cooling influence from the San Pablo Bay allows for a long growing season that returns low, sought after yields. This results in powerful fruit with distinct berry flavors.
Vintage Notes – An outstanding vintage for red wines, the 2016 growing season was a beautiful one— with moderate conditions and a lack of the valley’s quintessential heat spikes. This temperate summer weather allowed the fruit much needed time to naturally mature on the vine, resulting in a near perfect vintage with concentrated, inviting wines with ideal aromatic and phenolic ripeness.
Wine Maker Notes – The 2016 Wall Road Cabernet may be our most powerful yet elegant wine yet from this esteemed site. Pure dark mountain fruit balanced with ripe tannins make this vintage a real stand out. Black currant, dried blueberry notes and sweet dark herbs define this mountain gem. Mouth coating viscosity leads to a long-lasting finish with layers of fruit. This wine is fully approachable in its youth and will surely age like a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.
2015, James Suckling, 95 Points - This is some very serious stuff. Aromas of tar, vanilla and cloves. But the fruit is delicious with notes of boysenberries, blackcurrants, oranges, lavender, herbs and baking spices. The palate’s rich and warming but also calm and composed. Layers of blue fruit, ripe yet integrated tannins, a fine line of acidity and a long finish. The broader style remains so elegant. Drink in 2022.