USA, Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, The Hess Collection, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California, 2014

Red blend of 81% cabernet sauvignon,16% malbec, and 3% petite verdot

C/ Squid inky bloody beet juice. Impressive – and I can’t explain how a color can be this, but it is seductive.

N/ The smell of freshly printed money – i.e. big wafts of oak. Big ones. Barrel room dampness at it most alluring. This is what you expect a powerhouse Napa cab to smell like – cassis, blackcherry, and loads of complex wood and organic layers. But her nose really shines with roasted wild herbs and sage sprinkled over raw game. Acidic wafts of freshly cracked flint. Gunpowder and paprika (if that is not a band name, it should be). Clean, black soil.


T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. ICBM payload of blackcherries, blue and black fruits, plum skins, and woody organics. Really mirrors the nose quite closely. My old world preferences had me wishing for just a tad more acid, but that is a tall order with this much fruit and wood.

Lovely, and she closes with echos of rich fruit and deep oak.

Price = $65

N = A+
T = A-
I = A
Overall = A

This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“Our signature Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our estate Veeder Hills Vineyard. The elevation of this vineyard ranges from 600-1,120 feet, and its steep slopes and sedimentary clay and shale soils restrict root growth, resulting in Mount Veeder’s hallmark small berries with intense fruit flavors. True to its appellation, this wine possesses dark concentrated fruit flavors and robust tannins.”

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