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 2015 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.
“Inky purple-black in colour, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder gives up notes of black currant pastilles, baked blackberries and mulberries with hints of mocha, underbrush and smoked meat. Full-bodied and completely packed with wonderful earth, fruit and savoury layers, it has a rock-solid foundation of ripe tannins and refreshing acid, finishing with great purity.”
95+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017
“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder) is by far the most refined of the wines I tasted at O’Shaughnessy. Sweet floral notes, bright red-toned fruit and mid-weight structure give the 2015 much of its distinctive personality and feel. Next to the other 2015s here, the Mount Veeder Cabernet is lifted, polished and impeccably gracious. O’Shaughnessy’s Mount Veeder site seems to have handled the rigors of the growing season far better than Howell Mountain.”
93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2018
“Lots of blackcurrant and rose petal character with hints of stems. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. A solid wine with a future. Give it two to four years to soften. Try in 2020.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Dec 2017