Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mount Veeder 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Mount Veeder in California must be a magical place. Like the idyllic Hidden Valley ranch dressing commercials where there are rainbows and smiling children are singing songs as they eat large bowls of vegetables. Except with wine. Yes, definitely wine.

The Mount Veeder AVA in Napa takes its name from a 2,677-foot volcanic peak that crowns the Mayacamas range, which runs between Napa and Sonoma. The steep slopes require that the grapes be picked by hand.

There is something special about Mount Veeder and its rugged, wonderful wines.

We recently enjoyed this bottle from Mount Veeder Winery opened by Ace of Bass and Glorious T. The bouquet is rich with blackberry and dark cherry. The tannins are soft and smooth yet lend structure.

A delight to the senses, the Mount Veeder cab unfurls a riff of dark berries and mocha that is dabbed with smokiness and mountain character. The medium bodied wine has a lingering savory finish that urges you to fill the glass yet again.

If you can find this vintage (one of Napa’s best), it will cost about $39. That is still less than some Mount Veeder Winery cabs and reserve wines which top out at more than $100.

Things are good at the mountain top!

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