If you like towering Cabernets, this one is for you. The vines that grow in Mount Veeder’s miserable soils and brilliant sunshine yield tiny grapes with a high proportion of tannic skin (a high surface area to volume ratio, if you will). O’Shaughnessy’s 2014 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is a precise and powerful representation of the winery’s Mount Veeder estate. The O’Shaughnessy family took ownership of the estate in 2000. They now farm around 17 acres of the remote 42 acre site. The vines there are planted along steep, dry, exposed terraces where roots grow deep in search of nutrients and moisture.
Composed entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is opaque purple in the glass with deep, perfumed aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, rum raisin, and brown sugar. On the palate, it shows layers of dense berry preserves, wild bramble, and savoury tobacco tones with bright acidity and balanced tannins. This is a richly-textured and intense mountain wine that is rewarding upon release and will continue to evolve with patient cellaring.
“A superb, brilliant wine, O’Shaughnessy’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder offers fabulous depth, intensity and pedigree. Bright red stone fruit, iron, scorched earth, tobacco and menthol open up in a beautifully layered, sumptuous wine that deftly balances rich fruit and mountain tannin. 2018 – 2034”
96 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec 2016
“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and usually my favourite from Betty O’Shaughnessy. She produces just under 1,200 cases of this wine, which has the classic blueberry, blackberry and acacia flower nose that comes from the high elevations of this wild and backward mountain area in southern Napa Valley. Dense bluish/purple to the rim, with loads of blueberries on the palate, big-time glycerin, sweet tannin, low acidity and a long, layered finish, this is terrific wine to drink now and over the next 20-25 years. 2016 – 2041”
96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2016