2016 Mount Veeder
This small property of 90 acres was acquired by Michael and Arlene Bernstein in the 1960’s as a personal retreat. They chose to plant vineyards on this rugged mountain terrain of volcanic soils. The first vintage was released in 1973 with an emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon. Franciscan Vineyards has since purchased the winery and property. The deep ruby color opens to enticing aromas of cassis, ripe berry and baked cherry with hints of cedar, rosemary and dried sage. This wine builds in complexity with layers of dark chocolate, peppercorns and hints of licorice. It possesses a wonderfully rich palate that is firm and dry, but finishes with a beautiful sweetness that is well-balanced.
By Perry Miroballi