Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Mt.Veeder, Napa Valley
Vineyard: HillWalker Vineyard
Production: 112 cases
Awards: Gold Medal From 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Introduction: The unique terroir of the Mount Veeder produces wines that are typically powerful in structure. The grapes for our signature 2018 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is coming from the Hillwalker vineyard located within 1000 feet elevation. The steep slopes, sedimentary clay and volcanic soils of this dry farmed vineyard is producing grapes with small berries and intensely concentrated mountain fruit flavors.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked at the beginning of November, de-stemmed and crushed 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 30months in 100% French barrels with 50% new oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel. Only 4 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: True to the Mount Veeder appellation, this 2018 Kukeri Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits dark concentrated fruit flavors of wild blueberries, black currants and cigar box and well-integrated fine-grained tannins with excellent lingering acidity. Big, bold with inky purple-black color, packed with black plumps, accented by exotic spices and earthy accents. A hint of forest, cedar, and dark 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 years.
Enjoy with family and friends!