Wall Road Vineyard, Mount Veeder
2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Mount Veeder AVA
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, orientation slope and well drained soils yield fully ripened small berries with concentrated flavor.
Mount Veeder AVA – Known for its acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, this illustrious appellation produces rich, tannic and impossibly bold wine. Limited by nature, Mount Veeder’s rugged mountain terrain and high elevation allow for a long growing season that returns low, sought after yields. This results in powerful fruit with distinctive wild berry and mountain fruit flavors.
Vintage Notes – Marked by California’s ongoing drought, the 2014 vintage was notably early, garnering fruit with intense flavor. While vineyards throughout the valley reported pick dates up to three weeks ahead of schedule, moderate summer temperatures allowed grapes to ripen to perfection with outstanding quality and structure. Aromatic, luscious and fruit-forward, the wines of 2014 are proving ideal.
Wine Maker Notes - Pure dark fruits, plum preserves and dried blueberry notes are knit together with ribbons
of crushed mineral and floral undertones, the palate is mouth coating and highlighted by ripe tannins and dense dark fruit and mineral notes. A long finish with wisps of pipe tobacco finish this exotic and expressive mountain Cabernet. Two hundred and twenty cases produced.
Wine Advocate, RP 91 - One rarely sees a quintessentially elegant wine from Mt. Veeder, as most of them tend
to be blockbusters, but this certainly qualifies. It has an attractive personality, and the finish is long and reassuring. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 10-15 years – a sleeper of the vintage.
Wine Spectator, JL 91 - Shows a mix of muscular Cabernet strength, structure from firm tannins and gravelly minerality, and a drying sensation of extraction and sheer power. Not for the faint of heart. The tannins swarm on the finish.