2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: Mount Veeder
Riding the Ridge
Today’s 2004 Random Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious, boutique Cabernet Sauvignon that will appeal to anyone who enjoys (adores?!) mountain Cabernet. This wine shows intensity and concentration, without being overpowering. The wine shows beautifully for an ‘older’ Cabernet, but this age really contributes to its elegance.
Mt. Veeder, where today’s delectable Cabernet was born, is located on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas range. This AVA has a climate that is cooler than the valley floor below. This climate and the more difficult (less fertile) volcanic mountain soil influence the flavors of the wines from this region. Best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, Mt. Veeder vineyards produce grapes of exceptional character and intensity.
Dark and dense purple with a translucent heart. Along the edges, the color shows hints of garnet and violet in the meniscus and when the wine is swirled, fat color-laden legs cling to the glass.
Bold in character and intensity with classic Cabernet aromas of dark fruit, boysenberry and plum that are framed with wild anise and black licorice. Notes of savory spice, oak and herbal components round out the nose.
Rich and bold black and red fruit, with cherry, red currant, plum and boysenberry are layered over soft oak (new and toasted) flavors. Add to this a healthy dose of wild anise, black licorice, wild bramble herbs and savory spice.
Extremely long, lasting several minutes. Cherry and other fruit flavors meld with oak, anise, herbs and spice that gracefully linger on the palate.
A pan-seared Ribeye, finished in a garlic and fresh thyme butter reduction.
What the Winery Says
- Bill Hawley
- Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc
- 18 months in 40% new oak
- Case Production
- Only 150 cases produced