93 POINTS - #77 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon - 2011 Vintage

Updated: Nov 6, 2018


Perfumy, herbaceous and underlined with a volcanic mineral quality, this Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon shows an almost Southern Italian-like character, befitting rich, rustic, tomato-driven cuisine. The tell for its real origin is its uncommonly complex oak treatment, however.

The immediate impression on the nose is leather, tobacco and cedar over thin red fruit, with a well-structured palate of blackberry jam, brown sugar and perfume. With a few minutes to breathe, fragrant fresh rose petal shows on the nose and dark cherry, orange zest, abundant herbs, licorice, menthol and dill fill out the palate. The wine is notably complex, clean and intense, but lean on fruit. 

Complexity: Shows layers of clear, distinct aromas; a bit lean on fruit.

Balance: Perceived alcohol and acidity are elevated; tannins are smooth

and integrated; nose-palate-finish integrity is high; the bouquet leans fairly

strongly in the direction of floral, herbal and oak aromas and flavors.

Intensity: High; everything pleasant in the wine is well amplified

Character: Powerful but feminine, austere, and food-friendly

Typicity: High varietal typicity and Mount Veeder minerals

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