- Producer: O'Shaughnessy Estate - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Sean Capiaux
- Region (AVA): Napa (Mount Veeder)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: n/a
- Winery location: Mount Veeder
- Owners: Betty O'Shaughnessy Wools
- First Vintage: 2002
- Drinking window: 2025-2052
About the Wine
The vines from the steeply terraced, Betty's Vineyard on Mount Veeder struggle for nourishment and moisture consistently producing clusters with small berries and intense flavors. Wines from this vineyard have been highly acclaimed through the media since the first vintage in 2002, for their power and elegance. Aromatically, there are noticeable lavender and violet tones emanating from this property. O'Shaughnessy acquired this property in 2000 and farm only 17 acres on this remote 42-acre estate.
The 265 acre Woolls Ranch was purchased in 2006 and produced its first fruit in 2012. The O'Shaughnessy team has 32 planted acres here and grow primarily Cabernet Sauvignon on this remarkable site. They also cultivate small blocks of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Carmenere and St. Macaire.
O'Shaughnessy Estate Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
“This red is youthful, wound-up and full of tension. Plush, polished tannins add to a weighty mouthfeel filled with deep flavors of cassis and blood orange, with seasonings of sage, herbes de Provence and black and white pepper. A showcase of sophisticated complexity, it will do well in the cellar."
98 points, The Wine Enthusiast (Sept. 2021)
“A vertical, soaring wine, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder) speaks with commanding authority. Red-fleshed fruit, blood orange, dried herbs, mint, iron and savory herbs build into a crescendo of aromas, flavors and texture. The Mount Veeder Cabernet is wonderfully vivid and so expressive."
96 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2021)
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder showed brilliantly, with a dense purple color as well as killer notes of blueberries, pine forest, violets, graphite, crushed stone, and lead pencil. These all carry to a medium to full-bodied, structured wine that displays the vintage's purity and freshness, building tannins, and a great finish. There's plenty of classic Mt Veeder structure, so give bottles 4-5 years if you can. It's going to evolve for 25+ years."
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)