Never intended to be a vineyard, Mount Veeder Winery started as a retreat for Michael and Arlene Bornstein. However, after about a decade of existence as a prune orchard, the volcanic soil and the terroir of the land revealed the potential of for some of the best wine in Napa Valley. Mount Veeder AVA, located within Napa Valley AVA and deep in the Mayacamas Mountains, is described as being quite different from the Napa Valley floor due to elevation from 1,000 to 1,600 feet. Mount Veeder Winery takes advantage of this unforgiving environment and even offers a special Cabernet Sauvignon grown at a higher elevation than the winery’s other red wine.
After growing their first vines in 1973, Michael Bornstein focused all of his attention to the vineyard and eventually made history as the first vintner in Napa Valley to plant one property to all five of the classic Bordeaux red wines with most of the property currently devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon but also featuring smaller vines of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The growing season on Mount Veeder is known for starting rather late and extending into November which requires Mount Veeder Winery to patiently wait for the big and rich flavor. The winery currently offers 4 wines from the 2013 season which, according to Mount Veeder Winery provided near perfect conditions leading to an early harvest. Moderate temperatures through the warmest part of the season and less than rain than usual helped fruit development. The result of the harvest led to what Mount Veeder Winery describes as a truly phenomenal vintage.
2013 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Syrah, the 2013 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon features juicy berries beside dark plum notes and hints of bay leaf and anise. You will also find dark chocoloate and black peppercom tucked away in the flavor.
2013 Mount Veeder Elevation 1550 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Consisting of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Malbec, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon differs slightly from Mount Veeder Winery’s other version plus the vine existed at nearly the top of the mountainous area at an elevation of 1,550 feet. The result is flavor rich with ripe dark charry, blackberry, ripe plum layered with cocoa and baking spice.
2013 Mount Veeder Reserve, Napa Valley
The star of the current lineup is made of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec. With deep fig and black plum flavors aided by hints of dark coffee, cedar and anise, the 2013 Mount Veeder Reserve is a harmony of flavors. You’ll even find toffee, dark chocolate and mocha.
2013 Mount Veeder Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
This consisted of 83% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s currently not available but Mount Veeder Winery promises a Cabernet Franc from its 2017 vintage and if the 2013 vintage is any indication, it’s worth waiting for. A dark garnet, the wine featured rich dark berries and plum flavors along with hints of toffee and mocha.