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Mount Veeder Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Meritage 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Enthusiast Review As good as the winerys 03 Cab was, this is even better. Its almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, with a few drops of other Bordeaux varieties, and is so long, rich and deep in flavor, it just has to cellar well. The tannins currently star, and theyre tough and gritty, but six or more years will start to melt them, leaving behind pure, sweet, black fruit. Wine Tasting Notes Dark garnet red. Concentrated plum, tobacco, coffee and cocoa layered with rich plum, black fruit and subtle hints of anise. Rich and full-bodied. Notes of coffee, plum and vanilla fill the mouth that lead to ripe and supple tannins on the lengthy finish.

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Mount Veeder Winery:
“Mount Veeder is a magical place—a rare and beautiful spot where vines cling to the steep hillsides, producing tiny, concentrated berries that give our wines their big, bold, brambly fruit character.” Both Mount Veeder Winery and the rugged appellation take their names from an ancient volcano—a nearly 2,700 foot peak that crowns the southeast section of the Mayacamas Range, running between ... Read more
“Mount Veeder is a magical place—a rare and beautiful spot where vines cling to the steep hillsides, producing tiny, concentrated berries that give our wines their big, bold, brambly fruit character.” Both Mount Veeder Winery and the rugged appellation take their names from an ancient volcano—a nearly 2,700 foot peak that crowns the southeast section of the Mayacamas Range, running between Napa and Sonoma. The Mount Veeder appellation encompasses 25 square miles of some of the steepest vineyards in California. Winemaking in the region dates back to the 1860s and by the late 1800s, the mountain hosted at least 20 vineyards and six wineries. Pioneers who cultivated vineyards on Mount Veeder knew there was something special about wines from these steep slopes. Winemakers across the Napa Valley began to recognize that grapes from Mount Veeder and other mountain appellations had an intensity and depth unlike grapes from the valley floor. Powerful and distinct, mountain grapes challenged the winemaker to tame their rugged tannins and reveal a deeper character. Mountain grapes soon became the backbone of many of Napa Valley’s best wines because of their structure and concentrated flavors. Today, mountain wines are in a class by themselves. In flavor and texture, the profile of a mountain wine is different. It is more difficult to produce; rare and limited in supply, but undeniably captivating, charismatic and long-lived. Read less

Tasting Notes:

The 2003 Reserve has concentrated aromas of plum, tobacco, coffee and cocoa layered with rich plum, black fruit and subtle hints of anise. This rich and full-bodied wine has notes of coffee, plum and vanilla that fill the mouth and lead to ripe and supple tannins on the lengthy finish.

Wine Enthusiast Review As good as the winerys 03 Cab was, this is even better. Its almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, with a few drops of other Bordeaux varieties, and is so long, rich and deep in flavor, it just has to cellar well. The tannins currently star, and theyre tough and gritty, but six or more years will start to melt them, leaving behind pure, sweet, black fruit. Wine Tasting Notes Dark garnet red. Concentrated plum, tobacco, coffee and cocoa layered with rich plum, black fruit and subtle hints of anise. Rich and full-bodied. Notes of coffee, plum and vanilla fill the mouth that lead to ripe and supple tannins on the lengthy finish.

2,000 cases produced.

Aged 22 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.69
Total Acidity: 7.4 grams per liter

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