Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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The Mt. Brave Vineyard, once the Chateau Potelle Vineyard, was established decades ago at high elevations ranging from 1,400 to 1,800 feet. While Mt. Veeder is cool, Mt. Brave sits above the fog line, with morning sun warming the grapes each day. Soils are sparse, consisting of a gravelly loam with rocks large and small. Nutrients and minerals are scant, resulting in tiny berries with concentrated and complex flavors, combining to grow phenomenal Cabernet.

The opportunity to craft wines from this site was an irresistible proposition for winemaker Chris Carpenter. Among the tight-knit winegrowing community in the Napa Valley, Carpenter completely understands the practical difficulties and spiritual rewards of mountain winegrowing . With an already legendary Napa winemaking record for Lokoya and Cardinale, Chris had little to prove when the Mt. Brave project began to evolve in 2007. He was thrilled to make wines from Mt. Veeder that would pay homage to the mountain’s rich history, while expressing a new, distinguished view.

Vinous
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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.

Antonio Galloni, January 2021
Wine Spectator
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This packs in lots of dense yet sleek blackberry, mulberry and black currant fruit flavors, while anise, sassafras and violet notes add range throughout. There's plenty of structure embedded as well, though it tilts to the zesty, acid-driven side of the ledger, further enlivening the fruit. This has a serious oak treatment, but it's very precise and fine-grained. For the cellar. Best from 2022 through 2038. 6,753 cases made.

James Molesworth, October 31, 2021
Wine Advocate
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A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder was aged for 22 months in oak barrels, 82% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it springs from the glass with vibrant crème de cassis, baked plums and Morello cherries scents, followed by nuances of sautéed herbs, clove oil, mocha and scorched earth. The full-bodied palate is densely laden with layers of black and blue fruits, sporting a rock-solid backbone of grainy tannins and great tension, finishing long and minerally. 6,753 cases were made.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, January 14, 2021

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