Anthem Winery Anthem Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Review

The wine was complex enough to keep me interested and I was grateful for the absence of bell pepper “pyrazines. Dark fruits were prominent, but the tertiary flavors I picked up weren’t olive and anise, the dark fruits tasted stewed.

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

Anthem Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Anthem Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: 2015 Anthem Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Blend: 89.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.4% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 0.1% Merlot
Winery: Anthem Winery
Region: Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
Original release date: September 2019
Cases produced: 445 (Known cases remaining: 10 as of May 2022)
Retail price: $135
I consumed it: September 2022
My source: The Aged Cabernet Series of The California Wine Club

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From this wine club: The Aged Cabernet Series of The California Wine Club

From this winery: Anthem Winery

Region: Napa Valley, California

Wine color/style: Red wine

Grape variety or blend: Cabernet

Tasting notes: Dark fruit, Stewed fruit, Soft tannin

Other characteristics: Small production, Aged

Anthem Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: What I think

When it comes to Napa Cabernet, there’s no shortage of superlatives swirling around, in the glass and in the vineyards. Here’s mine: this has to be my favorite “back label” ever on a bottle of wine. I love the topographic lines silkscreened on the front, no question, but with silkscreening for the back label they were able to include so much information, like: the overall slope profile of the vineyard, the soil composition, vine spacing, trellis information, rootstock and clonal information, harvest details, fermentation notes, barreling info, and bottling info. There are all kinds of extras tucked in there, too, like the winery dog’s deets, but this is a wine geek’s bottle if ever there was one! It made it to the "shelf of wine bottle glory" in my studio.

All kidding aside, we age a lot of wine at our house. It took some trial and error for us to figure out the right aging window for our favorite wineries and the varieties they produce, but if I were guessing how long to hold a Napa Cab, I’d be uncomfortable thinking I’d guess right.

When you buy wine through the Aged Cabernet subscription, you get, in addition to the original tasting notes, updated tasting notes. For this wine, this is what the winery says:

Tasting Notes … Then
“Our 2015 Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet is a blockbuster mountain Cabernet from Anthem’s own vineyards located at 400 feet in Napa Valley’s western hillsides. The lower yields in 2015 produced fruit with intense, plush dark berry flavors that Winemaker Jeff Ames crafted into an exquisitely rich Mt. Veeder Cabernet.”

Tasting Notes … "Now"
“This powerhouse mountain Cabernet continues to age exceptionally well. The nose offers hints of dark cherries and chocolate. On the palate, flavors of rich dark fruits, olive, and anise lead to softer tannins for a long-lasting finish.”

For me, a self-described Napa-Cab-avoider, I found it easier to recognize the softer tannins and long-lasting finish than the specifics from the notes. Dark fruits were prominent, but the tertiary flavors I picked up weren’t olive and anise, it was that the dark fruits tasted stewed (common in older red wines, even desirable by many). The wine was complex enough to keep me interested and I was grateful for the absence of “pyrazines” (methoxypyrazine is the chemical which makes some wines made from Bordeaux grapes taste like green pepper, typically in colder climes).

Last updated: March 19, 2023

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