85% Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon softened with 15% Merlot from the valley floor
Fruit for this inky wine is grown at 1,500 feet down a rugged, sloping hill
The Merlot is meticulously farmed at the northern end of Napa Valley in the Calistoga nested appellation
This wine should age beautifully for 10 to 15 years
Mount Veeder is the lowest yielding appellation in the Napa Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon that grows at this elevation in this rugged terrain is extremely inky with rustic tannins. The small amount of Merlot blended into this unique wine (15%) softens the wine and rounds out the palate. Five cases of this distinctive wine will only go to the winner of this Premiere lot.
David Tate has worked in Barossa Valley, Provence, Tuscany, New Zealand, Niagra, Canada and is the current General Manager and winemaker for Barnett Vineyards on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley as well as for TATE Wine.
Country born: Canada
Education: Brock University, Enology & Viticulture with Honors
Lincoln University, Enology & Viticulture
Wine and Spirits Education Trust, WSET-Diploma
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Letting the vineyard express itself in the wine. It is about a sense of place being evident in the wine, not the winemaking.
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