Hosted by the Mount Veeder Appellation Council, we were indulged with their current releases in the Spring Wine Tasting. Overall, Delightfully wonderful! There are some beautiful wines coming off that mountain! All would be welcome on my tables!!
A little about Mount Veeder – the Mountain by the Bay – an appellation located west of Napa and Yountville. It is influenced by the cooling weather from the adjoining the bayside Carneros region and San Pablo Bay. The rugged steep terrains of ancient sea beds were thrust skyward, into and above the fog banks. With shallow topsoil, minimal water retention and the longest growing season of Napa Valley, Mt Veeder renders tiny berries, with an intense concentration of flavors with soft tannins. Here, the yields are the lowest compared to the rest of valley’s grapes growing in more voluminous and thirst quenching volcanic soils.
These rugged conditions demand the mountain growers and vintner’s utmost attention and highest quality craftsmanship. And their hardy efforts are showcased in their wines. Below are favorites, a luscious treat in my glass.
|Hess Collection||2012||Cab Sauv||full body, nice finish||**||$60||yy|
|Lampyridae Vineyards||2011||Cab Sauv, 100% Communication Block,||full, complex||**||$100||yy|
|Mithra winery||2012||Cab sauv, Mt Veeder||full body, complex to finish, nice tannins||***||$190||yy|
|Mt Veeder Winery||2013||Cab Franc, 77% cab franc, , 23% cab sauv||full body, heavy fruit, clean finish||**||$50||yy|
|Sbragia Family Vineyards||2013||Charonnay, Gamble Ranch||wonderfully balanced, fruity, little oak, clean finish||**||$48||yy|
|Sbragia Family Vineyards||2012||Cab Sauv, Godspeed||full flavor, med body, nice nose, good complexity, clean finish||**||$95||yy|
|Trinchero napa Valley||2012||Malbec Cloud’s Nest Vineyard||dark opaque color, nice nose, full,fruit||**||$60||yy|
|Trinchero napa Valley||2012||Cab Sauv Cloud’s Nest Vineyard||full, fruit comes thru, nice nose, clean finish||**||$85||yy|
|Yates Family Vineyard||2014||Viognier, 100%||light, fruity, refreshing, good acid||**||$38||yy|
|Yates Family Vineyard||2013||Merlot, Fleur de Veeder||fuller than most, good flavors, bright acidity, interesting (complexity), cln finish||**||$45||yy|
|Yates Family Vineyard||2012||Cab Reserve, Alden Perry, 51% cab, 37 cab franc, 12 merlot||complex, interesting finish w lots of flavors coming thru||**||$65||yy|