Carl Roy

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder

June, 2008
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Vinoce Vineyard, Mount Veeder
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
Why We Chose It
There's nothing quite like the best mountain Cabernets of the Napa Valley. When they're right, the wines have explosive fruit character packaged around fabulous structure; wines that can be consumed immediately for their opulence or cellared for a decade or two.

But too often these days, the wines aren't right enough. There are just too many $85 wines without this singular combination of wild mountain fruit, muscle and sinew.

We first tasted the Carl Roy Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 in barrel. The wine was black, with fabulous purple fruit concentration and the firm, muscular finish that speaks to high elevation. We locked in a price and reserved the wine on the spot, over a year before release. Then, winemaker Chad Alexander drove us to the northern tip of the Mount Veeder appellation and the richness and structure of this benchmark Napa Cabernet really started to make sense.

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As we wound up the mountain road, Alexander, former head winemaker at Robert Craig and now consulting winemaker for Vinoce, explained that all Mount Veeder fruit is far from equal. In the southern end of the appellation, the vineyards are cooled by breezes blowing off the San Francisco Bay. But as one travels to the northern tip of the appellation, the microclimate is much warmer, allowing for superb ripening conditions and fabulous acid balance. When we turned into Vinoce Vineyard, we found ourselves 1,800 feet in elevation at the northern edge of the appellation. Alexander yanked the parking brake, turned and said, "It took me years to find this spot. It's a Mount Veeder bull's-eye."

The soils at Vinoce are composed of uplifted marine sediments, intruded by volcanics. Walking the vineyards was a workout; most of the blocks have a 15-25% slope. Drainage then is superb, with roots stretching deeply into the mountain soil. The result in 2005 was a very small crop -- less than 2 tons per acre -- each compact cluster hanging separately with plenty of air circulation, providing grapes that most resemble mountain blueberries.

Carl Roy Label Tasting Notes from the WineAccess Travel Log
2005 Carl Roy Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder
"Deep purple color to the edge. Fabulously explosive aromas of cassis and purple fruit. Big mouthful of purple fruit with great density and persistence. Rich, but tightly wound, showing off all the upside of high elevation, low yielding mountain fruit. Fine, firm, solid finish with plenty of grip, speaking to a long life in bottle. Drink now for the purely hedonistic concentration or age for up to 15 years."

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