2011 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt. Veeder – A Delicious Wine

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The Winery

Sitting high up on Howell Mountain, O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery has been making great wines for over 20 years. They have twenty nine acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and six acres planted for blending. Those varietals include Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Carménère and Gros Verdot. The Wools Ranch, located in Mt Veeder, is a property having 32 acres planted featuring mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also has similar “Bordeaux varietals as the Howell Mountain property and St. Macaire. One last vineyard is in Oakville planted with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon totaling 32 acres. Paul Wools and Betty O’Shaughnessy are the owners and Sean Capiaux is President and Winemaker. To visit and see the vineyards is a thing of beauty that is well manicured by viticulturist Alan Peirson.

The Wine

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

The 2011 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt Veeder has been resting comfortably in the cellar for eight years! It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is a dark luscious red/purple color on the eyes and medium heavy viscosity. On the nose fresh blackberries, blueberries waft into the nose. On the palate, a combination of leather, minerality and gorgeous fruits. The finish is strong with structure and edgy tannins, yet provided a polished experience of the wine. Later versions of Mt Veeder, integrated all the typical “Bordeaux style” grapes into the wine. Current release is the 2019 and goes for $150/bottle.

The Food and Wine Pairing

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

The weekly Friday Night Wine & Dine Group had not gotten together for a while due to the holidays and family/travel obligations. It was a fun time with 13 participating last evening at Verona18. Paired with a Filet Mignon served medium rare topped with Gorgonzola, and accompanied by fresh vegetables. A tasty piece of beef that paired well with the O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon and a few others.

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

Other wines tasted and enjoyed last night included 2019 Prospect 772 Black Tie Charlie (Calaveras County), 2018 Hanna Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley), 2019 VJB Cellars Negro Amaro (Sonoma Valley), 2013 Young’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Amador), 2018 Harney Lane Petite Sirah (Lodi) and 2020 Windwalker Vineyard Alicante Bouschet (Amador).

Sláinte,

Michael

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