2004 O'Shaughnessy Mount Veeder Cabernet - 95 pts!
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder (only 345 cases in this vintage) is a blockbuster. Concentrated black cherry, black currant, flowery, chocolate, and coffee bean notes are followed by a wine with superb concentration, high tannins, but beautiful purity and symmetry. This is another striking Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder that should drink graciously for at least 20+ years. A I said last year, this relatively new producer is off to a flying start. Winemaker Sean Capiaux (who has his own Pinot Noir operation) seems to be doing some stunning work with this 35-acre vineyard, planted with 29 acres of Cabernet and the rest other Bordeaux varietals. There is also a small cuvee (under 1,000 cases) of Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder. Tasting through some barrel samples of 2006 showed this to be a very fine vintage, if not up to the level of 2005 and 2004, at least at this stage in their development. RP