First planted with grapes in the 1860s, Mount Veeder is a wild and isolated high-altitude wine-growing region that has sparse soils and steep terrain, where nutrients and minerals are scarce. The extreme conditions lead to tiny yields of small, very concentrated berries. So-much-so that, despite being the largest AVA in Napa Valley, Mount Veeder produces less than 2% of all Napa’s wines.
Founded in 2007 under the Jackson Family Wines umbrella, the Mt. Brave project is a tribute to the pioneering spirit of those who settled in the rugged terrain of Mount Veeder during the 1800s and the estate takes its name from the indigenous Wappo people, “the brave ones,” who were the original inhabitants of this area.
With an already legendary Napa winemaking record for Lokoya and Cardinale, winemaker Chris Carpenter had little to prove when Mt. Brave began in 2007. Yet, the opportunity and challenge to craft wines from Mount Veeder proved irresistible. Winegrowing on the Mt. Brave vineyard is not for the faint-hearted, and the usual practices do not apply. Winter rains must be captured, and erosion prevented. During harvest, small lug boxes are carefully moved up and down steep slopes to protect both vines and vineyard workers. The work is hard and labour-intensive with little mechanized modern technology in use.
Scoring a fantastic 97 points, the flagship Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is labelled a “head-turning wine” by Jeb Dunnuck and “a candidate for the best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon out there at the price point”.
Vinous’s Antonio Galloni is also full of praise for this wine noting, “the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Brave is fabulous. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2018 possesses tremendous depth and tons of personality… boy is it gorgeous”. He too awards 97 points.
This is mountain Cabernet at its finest and well deserving of a place in any Napa collector’s cellar with a good couple of decades ahead of it.
The Mount Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is due in later this year. Order now to claim your own little piece of Mount Veeder craftsmanship.
Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (6x75cl)
£420 per case 6 IB
97 | Jeb Dunnuck
Lots of cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as classic Mount Veeder notes of lavender, violets, bouquet garni, and rocky, mineral-like notes emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, full-bodied mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a plush, layered texture, beautiful tannins, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, and a great finish. Another head-turning wine from this label, it’s a candidate for the best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon out there at the price point.
97 | Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Brave is fabulous. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2018 possesses tremendous depth and tons of personality. Graphite, blue/purplish fruit, blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, sage, lavender, menthol give the 2018 tons of character to match its explosive feel. The brooding, backward wine is going to need quite a bit of time to unwind, but boy is it gorgeous. (Drink between 2024-2038)
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