Friday, July 21, 2017

Mount Veeder - Known for Cabernet Sauvignon Blends

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Antoine Chaya is a well-established technology professional who holds leadership responsibilities with Oracle Corporation. A longtime wine enthusiast, Antoine Chaya is particularly drawn to varieties from the Napa Valley.

One distinct American Viticultural Area (AVA) featured in a recent Wine Enthusiast article is Mount Veeder, which was only formally recognized as an AVA in the early 1990s, spanning 25 square miles west of Napa and Yountville. Unlike other mountains in the region, the terrain is home to relatively few commercially planted vineyards and is characterized by forests rich in oak, pine, and fir trees. 

Relatively close to the Bay, wines from makers such as Pott Wines, Lagier-Meredith, and Mithra are typically blended to make cabernet sauvignons. The blue and black berries are extremely small and pair earthy minerality with floral aromatic accents. Surprisingly, the mountain, which receives high rainfall, stays warmer during winter than the floor of the valley and tends to avoid frost. This lengthens the harvest as much as three weeks beyond most Napa vineyards and boosts production capacities.

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