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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2021
With its high altitude, decomposed granite soils and proximity to the cooling influence of San Pablo Bay, Mount Veeder regularly offers Napa Valley’s longest growing season and lowest average yields. As a result, the estate grapes ripen to perfection, producing small, highly concentrated clusters and berries.
The 2018 vintage was a long, slightly cool season, devoid of heat spikes and late rains which offered ample hangtime through a glorious autumn for the fruit to mature without losing its underpinning structure and true character. The beauty of this ridgetop vineyard is its ability to produce wines of structure and balance. The 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the essence of Mount Veeder, a beguiling balance of complex, sophisticated aromatics and fruit intensity wed to a core of taut yet silky tannins. Notes of cassis, lingonberry, black cherry, and crushed cocoa come to the fore with hints of violets, thyme, black tea, and kirsch all layer on a bed of velvety tannin.
Producer: Brandlin Estate
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Appellation: Napa Valley