In the late ’90s, Constellation Brands started buying up Napa wineries. At the time, they were an unknown wine company that produced low-end brands like Cribari. A lot of people in the wine trade didn’t know how profitable cheap wine could be. It was a three billion-dollar company, and CEO Richard Sands wanted to get into the fine wine business.
In just a few years, he had purchased Mount Veeder, Ravenswood, Simi, and Estancia. Today, they own everything from the Robert Mondavi Winery and to Meiomi and The Prisoner.
It’s always good to know who you are paying your hard-earned money to. We focus on small independent producers at the Wine School, so when we recommend a wine that a huge wine conglomerate owns, we let you know about it.
What makes this wine great is two things: the vineyard and its winemaker.
Back in the ’60s, Michael Bernstein planted some grapevines that a farmhand had given him for free. He farmed plums on the property and was fine with that: he just stuck the vines in the ground and pretty much forgot about them. Despite never watering them, the grapevines thrived, and the fruit they produced was amazing. Within a few years, he had replanted all of his lands to grapevines, in particular, Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon.
Those old vineyards and the deft winemaking skills of Janet Myers are what make this bottle very special, especially at this price point. This bottle has been rated by a few of the big-wigs, so you don’t really need my notes as well.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and burly, but also quite pleasing for a young Mt. Veeder Cabernet. Inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, lavender, bacon fat spice and licorice fill out the wine’s mid-weight frame nicely. Plush and unctuous through to the finish, Mt. Veeder’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a real overachiever in this vintage, as the extra kick of volume gives the wine an unusual level of opulence that works nicely to balance some of the more imposing structural elements in the wine.
93 points Vinous
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah, all of which was brought up in French oak. It’s a beauty that delivers the goods, especially at the price. Violets, blueberries, spice, and underbrush notes all give way to a plump, rounded, sexy red that shows the upfront fruit of the vintage, yet stays light and nicely balanced on the palate. It should keep for a decade.
90 points Jeb Dunnuck
A very pretty and layered young cabernet with blackcurrant and berry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, fresh and focused. A lovely finish. Hard not to drink this now. You’d want to catch the vibrant fruit now, but it will be better in 2020.
91 points James Suckling
2 thoughts on “Mount Veeder Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley”
I just looked this up at PA Fine Wine and Good Spirits. It is an SLO and listed at $45 a bottle. What do I not understand about your review? Your picture show aa 2013 but the review is a 2015??
The review is for the 2015 bottle, and it’s in stores for $26. SLO pricing is always different.