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 2016 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.
The 2016 has yet to be reviewed, but the 2015 received the following:
“The 2015 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is a total knockout in this vintage. It instantly opens with seductive aromas of ripe dark currants, blueberries, sweet exotic spices, violets, pencil shavings and tobacco all taking shape. Incredibly expressive, this full-bodied red is dense, layered with a gorgeous voluptuous texture that is nearly impossible to resist. It continues to display remarkable depth and concentration, with a mouthful of delicious ripe dark fruits and exotic spices that envelope the palate. This stunning wine comes to an end with a wonderful supple finish which shows tremendous length. While this is nothing short of absolutely stunning now, it will also cellar marvelously over the next decade or two.”
96 points, International Wine Report, July 2018
“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