Mount Veeder Cabernets Top San Francisco Chronicle's List

Two Mount Veeder Cabernet's were chosen for the San Francisco 's Chronicles' May 2010 list of recommended Napa Valley Cabernets. Both Robert Craig's and Fontanella Family Winery's 2007 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon were named as favorites from over 80 wines tasted by the panel of three. The Chronicle notes that; "Napa 's biggest strength has always been its nearly magic ability to grow Cabernet.". Mount Veeder wine are prominent on the list. For the full story, visit: San Francisco Chronicle.

2007 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($70) From a 1,800-foot-elevation parcel along the Veeder ridge, this well-defined, no-fat effort shows lots of ripe plum and clean blackberry, a slightly savory wood note and some pretty herbal underbrush. It gets further depth from a lovely black-tea note, perhaps from the 17 percent Merlot. Ample tannins show its potential over the next decade.

2007 Fontanella Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) After a path through such cellars as Opus One, Jeff Fontanella and his wife, Karen, established this new Mount Veeder label. It's framed by a delicate, cocoa-tinged profile, with bright blueberry and blackberry and perfumed highlights. It's about nuance, with supple tannins and a black-tea-like bite that hints at 8 percent Merlot in the bottle.