An exploration of wine

168. Mount Veeder Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 1996

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Book 1 Wine 168

$29.99; 1996

Wow! A really, very pleasant surprise. Also bought from Tracey’s Mum’s place near Nahant, where the guy had described it as a eucalyptus-style classic Napa Cab. I’d therefore been worried that it might be a little overpowering in the way that the Heitz 1997 had been somewhat. But no – instead a perfectly matured, well-knitted and balance Cabernet Sauvignon that coupled ease-of-drinking with good complexity of flavour. Deep, opaque garnet core with wide brick-to-brown rim. Initially subdued oak aromas that took on more banana qualities, but most impressively a lovely core of slightly jammy berry fruit, with cocoa and coffee complexity. Rich fruit and coffee flavours with long, spicy cocoa finish, and a beautiful balance of gentle tannin and perfect acidity!

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