True to the Mount Veeder appellation, this wine exhibits dark concentrated fruit flavors of mountain blueberry and black raspberry and well-integrated fine-grained tannins with excellent mountain acidity. Big, bold, and ultra-ripe on the attack, packed with small black-fruit preserves, doused with creme de cassis. A hint of forest, cedar and rich vanilla French oak, and roast espresso flavors also combine these aromatics to create this massively rich full-bodied mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vineyard and Winemaker’s notes
The unique terroir of Mount Veeder produces wines that are typically powerful in structure. The grapes for our signature 2016 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon come from Meadowcroft vineyard located within 1200 feet elevation. The steep slopes, sedimentary clay and volcanic soils of the vineyard restrict the root growth, producing grapes with small berries and intensely concentrated fruit flavors. The Cabernet grape selection is clone 337.
The grapes were handpicked at the end of September, sorted and de-stemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 4 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavor. It was fermented for 15 days and punched down 3 times a day, with an additional 4 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 24 months in 100% French barrels with 40% new oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel.
This wine it is a superb candidate for cellaring and should mature well over the next 10 to 15 years.
Kukeri Wines source grapes from some of the most unusual vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. “We treat that fruit as gently as possible, producing small lots of quality wines that display the complexity, power, finesse, and specific terroir of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Mount Veeder, and Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Los Carneros, and Russian River Valley.”
Kukeri refers to a pagan Bulgarian ritual that may date back as far as 8,000 years to the ancient Thracians – and to Dionysus, the god associated with wine, fertility, and rebirth. The festival is replete with mystical symbolism, steeped as it is in a tradition representing the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Petar Kirilov, founder and winemaker of Kukeri Wines, grew up in Bulgaria, and graduated in 2002 from the prestigious University of Food Technologies with a master’s degree in winemaking. The following year, Petar wanted to learn more about winemaking and decided to leave for California, where he secured an internship with the award-winning Los Carneros winery Truchard Vineyards in Napa Valley. In 2005, he joined the high-tech wine company Vinovation, where he has been involved in numerous research and development projects. In 2008, Petar joined Meadowcroft Wines and Foyt Wines as a winemaker to oversee the production of high-quality wines. He also is a founder of the wine industry website VinoEnology.com.
In 2013, Petar decided to create his own brand, Kukeri Wines, to focus on the production of small-lot quality wines from single vineyards.
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I also need a little persuasion! I love a good Napa Cab, and Mt. Veeder fruit can be delicious. The price is reasonable, if the wine is good. The price is very cheap, if the wine is great. I got a case of your Pinot,and it was a great wine at a very good price. The wine is young though, will it age well? Tell me something that will make me buy it, as I can’t find much information about it anywhere. I need a good reason to buy, because I will need to ship it to a nearby state and drive there to get it.
This our signature wines and we take extra care producing that Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt.Veeder, each bottle is hand waxed at the end. The whole idea and purpose of Kukeri Wines is to produce great wines and specially Cabernet Sauvignon and that is why we chose the grapes from Mt.Veeder, because we believe this one of the best area to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. We started our story in 2013 bottling 50cases of that specific wine and we are proud of what we do. Five years later we are over 1000cs production focusing on small lots of Cabs and Pinot Noir
So, I hope all the Casemates members will enjoy that special bottle of 2016 Kukeri Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon.
Thanks all for your support!
@jmdavidson1 Yes the wine will benefit from aging if is stored at the proper temp. I guess you can get a whole case or two and try a bottle every year to see how the wine is developing in the next decade.
But I can tell you that wine is very enjoyable now as is, or you can decanted as well.
@rlmanzo I am with you. Was hoping to be persuaded, but have not been. Not that I have had, but a comparison to the Meadowcroft vineyard designate cab would be appropriate. Tell us how wines from this vineyard have held up thus far, etc. etc. Saying it is their signature wine but can be drank now or later just isn’t going to cut it on a–admittedly discounted–$50 bottle.
@KNmeh7@rlmanzo The grapes from that vineyard always have been producing wonderful and intense wines, that can last for more than a decade. The wine Is very intense and is made to last, recently have open a bottle of 2010 vintage and still drinking very nice and can hold in a bottle for a longer period.
Our 2016 Mt.Veeder Cabernet has been age in French Remond and Radoux barrels for 24 months with 40% new oak, which really help to round the and polish the tannins in our wine. It is a 100% Cabernet and the only thing that I can say is our secret: We blend 5% of the 2017 vintage Cabernet to help pop the dark fruit little bit more. I hope this help little bit more in your decision.
I guess the only other think I can offer you is to buy a bottle from my website in full price and if you don’t like it, I will send you a full refund with no questions ask. This what I mean when we stand behind our signature wines. Thanks again for your interest in our wines.
Cheers and Happy Sunday!