The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder (96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) reveals a spectacular set of aromatics, including blackberries, blueberries, acacia flowers and graphite. The wine hits the palate with an explosive richness, excellent definition, good acidity and a freshness and vibrancy that seem at odds with the weather extremes of 2003. This is a sensational Cabernet Sauvignon from a winery that is still somewhat under-appreciated for what they have achieved. One of the vintage’s superstars, this deep, full-bodied 2003 should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. (RP)
Nicely extracted, enriched by a full measure of complementary oak and long on articulate young Cabernet fruit, this solid effort is convincingly keyed on classic varietal currants with enriching accents of sweet spice and chocolate running its considerable length. Ripe, but not at all beholden to ripeness, it shows very good balance and terrific extension, and the youthful toughness and slight heat that crop up at the finish will be remedied by a few years in the cellar.
Riper, softer and more accessible than Craig's Howell Mountain Cab, this wine, grown at 1,800 feet, shows delicious cherry, currant and chocolate flavors, with the caramel and toast of new oak. For all the deliciousness, it still has mountain tannins, and should age well for a decade.
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