Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Mt.Veeder, Napa Valley
Vineyard: Meadowcroft Vineyard
Production: 120 cases
Awards: Gold Medal From 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Gold Medal & 92pts. from 2021 Sunset International Wine Competition
Awards: 95points from Chris Sawyer, wine critic & sommelier
Chris Sawyer review: With a sultry dark red hue, this full-bodied wine teases the senses with lofty aromas of wild berry, black currants, tobacco, fresh herbs, chocolate-dipped espresso beans, rustic spices, forest floor, and toasted cedar. On the palate, the expressive flavors of dark cherry, ripe plum, raspberry, cassis and black fig are balanced with secondary notes of dried cranberry, licorice, wild sage, black truffle, spiced walnuts, and a long, dry finish. To add more complexity, the rich, velvety texture is integrated with a brilliant burst of bright acidity, earthy tannins, and firm structure that allows the powerful flavors to become more elegant, harmonious and expansive as the wine opens up in the glass, and refined and stately when aged for 10-15 years in the cellar. Rustic power, decadence, and true mountain character in each sip. Outstanding.
Introduction: The unique terroir of the Mount Veeder produces wines that are typically powerful in structure. The grapes for our signature 2017 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Meadowcroft vineyard located within 1200 feet elevation. The steep slopes, sedimentary clay and volcanic soils of the vineyard restrict the root growth, producing grapes with small berries and intensely concentrated fruit flavors. The Cabernet grape selection is clone 337.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked at the end of September, sorted and de-stemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 3 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavor. It was fermented for 17 days and punched down 3 times a day, with an additional 4 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 26 months in 100% French barrels with 40% new oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel. Only 5 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: True to the Mount Veeder appellation, this 2017 Kukeri Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits dark concentrated fruit flavors of wild blueberries, black paper and cigar box and well-integrated fine-grained tannins with excellent lingering acidity, and fantastic freshness, Big, bold with inky purple-black color and ultra-ripe on the attack, packed with small black-fruit preserves, accented by exotic spices and earthy accents. A hint of forest, cedar, and roast espresso flavors also combine these aromatics to create this massively rich full-bodied mountain Cabernet Sauvignon finishing with epic length and beautifully lifted.
This wine it is a superb candidate for cellaring and should mature well over the next 10 to 15 years.
Enjoy with family and friends!