2014 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: Mt. Veeder
Earlier this year, we brought you what turned out to be our most popular Cabernet of the year, Bill Hawley’s epic Random Ridge 2014 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. Because our Operatives have been writing in to ask for more, Agent Red went back to Bill and got him to part with another small allocation.
This wine is yours at 42% off - but please hurry, we may sell out of this allocation before days end.
Here’s what we said about the wine, when we showed it in the early summer:
Today is the first day of Summer. It is also the 65th birthday of our dear friend, winemaker and poet, Bill Hawley, who we affectionately call “Agent Hombre”. To celebrate, Bill has given us 65 cases of his incredible (really!) Random Ridge 2014 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon.
By everyone’s estimation, this wine is his best ever!
Ultra rich and densely concentrated on the nose, with aromas of blackberry compote, stewed blueberry, black cherry preserve, black licorice, darkly toasted oak, spice box, cigar box, chocolate covered cherry and molasses.
Dense and concentrated on the palate, as well, with rich flavors of blueberry jam, blackberry preserve, black cherry, cherry bark, black licorice, cassis, toasty oak, grilled plum, molasses, golden raisin, caramelized sugar, toasty oak and sweet spice.
Mt. Veeder, located on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas range, 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, the region also produces Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. The premium vineyards of the Mt. Veeder appellation produce grapes of exceptional character, density and intensity.
Again, today’s wine is the best, most richly layered, most delectable wine that we have ever featured from Random Ridge and, as you know, we’ve featured more than 20 of Bill’s wines over these last ten years.
Dark and inky, with garnet edges and a dark mahogany heart.
Blackberry compote, stewed blueberry, black cherry preserve, black licorice, darkly toasted oak, spice box, cigar box, chocolate covered cherry and molasses.
Blueberry jam, blackberry preserve, black cherry, cherry bark, black licorice, cassis, toasty oak, grilled plum, molasses, golden raisin, caramelized sugar, toasty oak and sweet spice.
Plush, elegant and oh, so very long. Soft and elegant on entry, then tannins build up slowly at the center of the palate, spreading a plush dryness to the lips and cheeks.
What else, but a big, thick, grilled to perfection (blackened on the outside, nice medium rare on the inside) steak!
What the Winery Says
- Bill Hawley
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 7% Cabernet Franc
- Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley
- Barrel aging
- 22 months in French oak
- Bottle aging
- 11 months