Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mount Veeder Napa 2007 And Beringer Napa 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mount Veeder Winery Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $28.04-$39.99, 91 points, is another Bordeaux style wine minus 2% Petite Syrah.
The color is bright ruby-red with orange flecks and a broad transparent rim.
With aromas of black-cherry and hints of cooking spice, dried flowers, and herbs this wine excels on the nose.
The body is medium and carries a juicy red-raspberry in a rich cherry-plum and licorice matrix.
The finish is memorable black currant and spice. 

Beringer Napa Valley Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, $11.99-$39.99, 89 points, is heavier, is more pungent with cedar, clove, and cinnamon. The color is bright ruby-red with orange hues, and ultimately this is pure Cabernet Sauvignon.
The flavor profile is more plum and licorice, very much a smaller sibling to Beringer's other more expensive Cabernets.

What can be said about these wines is that you can, if you wait and watch for the sales, buy very good Cabernet Sauvignon wines for reasonable prices.

At $11.99 Beringer is quite a DEAL, but for a more interesting, but more expensive wine experience, Mt. Veeder is my pick.


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  1. Just picked up one of those Mt. Veeder's for $15. Grabbed the last one off the shelf at a grocery store while visiting relatives in St. Louis. It was normally $40 but on clearance for $15. They had a bunch of '08 for the same price, but I passed on it. Probably should've picked up a few.

    I bought Mt. Veeder Cabernet pretty regularly from the 1987 vintage up through about 1998 or so. Kind of dropped off the radar after that.

    Always offered really good consistency. Going back to St. Louis for Christmas. I'll hit up that grocery store again (and maybe a few others in that chain) and see if there is any of that '08 left.

  2. Bill, what a steal! Thanks for the "vertical" taste report.