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Mount Veeder

James Laube
Posted: March 8, 2000

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Mount Veeder

Total Acres Planted: 1,000

Total Bordeaux Varieties: 510 acres

REFERENCE CABERNETS: Chateau Potelle, The Hess Collection, Lokoya, Mayacamas and Mount Veeder

REGIONAL CHARACTER: When it comes to Mount Veeder, think rugged country and rugged wines. You have to work to get to the vineyards and wait on the wines, which are sturdily built, intense, austere and usually firmly tannic, with mineral, sage and black cherry flavors.

Vineyards need to rise above the 400 foot elevation to make it into this steep, forested, rain-soaked appellation. At the peak, the elevation is 2,677 feet, and vineyards throughout the appellation are at all kinds of different heights, exposures and grades. The Hess Collection, with nearly 300 acres in vines, is the major vineyard owner, while Mayacamas has the track record for some truly extraordinary Cabernets.

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