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RP95+ Collectible Mount Veeder Cab “Excellent Purity...Seamlessly Rich” - 02/15/2018 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Earning 95+ points from Robert Parker and one of the best collectible Cabs for under $100, the 2014 Mt. Brave Mount Veeder Cab is a sensational value that is sure to delight many a Napa Cab drinker. As a category, the price of Napa Cab seems to rise with each new vintage, which is why when we see one under the $70 mark and with big press and points, we stop in our tracks. From the first sip alone, you’ll agree that this blockbuster effort is nothing short of sensational. With a classic “mountain” profile, it is loaded with flavors of wild plum, blackberry, cassis, and a host of other dark fruits. Lively and with an intensity that carries from start to finish, it is a hedonistic pleasure ride, while at the same time offering exceptional balance and refinement. This is a Cab that can totally hang with the big dogs, but does so at a fraction of the price. Open and expressive, feel free to enjoy this 2014 now, but there’s also plenty of stuffing here to allow for at least two decades of aging. We can’t stress it enough, if you are a fan of Napa Cab, the Mt. Brave needs to find its way into your collection.

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2014 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The star of the show is clearly the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and it has everything you could want from a Mountain Cabernet. Cassis, blueberries, violets, leafy herbs, and graphite notes all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, yet plush, forward, incredibly sexy 2014. With no hard edges, impeccable balance, and a great finish, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 15+ years." (12/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The top score, though, has to go to the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. This wine has an opaque purple color, a big, sweet kiss of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, some graphite, a juicy, full-bodied, savory mouthfeel, and excellent purity and underlying balance. This seamlessly rich mountain Cabernet Sauvignon should age effortlessly for two decades or more. 95+ (RP)" (10/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec are blended into this impressive wine, which is reduced slightly on the nose. The flavors of cassis and red cherry turn juicy and tart on the midpalate before exposing complex lengths of tobacco and clove. This wine will be best enjoyed in time, so shoot for 2020 through 2024. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (05/2018)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is the most reticent of these wines from Mt. Brave. Powerful, explosive and tightly wound, the Cabernet offers notable intensity and plenty of depth. Readers should expect to cellar the 2014 for at least a few years. This is one of the better relative values among the high end wines in the Jackson portfolio. Hints of lavender, espresso and bittersweet chocolate round out the nuanced finish. 92+ (ST)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet comes to us from winemaker Chris Carpenter, who had great success as winemaker at Lokoya and Cardinale. As a result of Carpenter's expertise and the magnificent high elevation vineyard site, this wine is a cellar-worthy expression of Mount Veeder Cabernet that rivals wines twice the price. With aromas of cassis, fresh mint, delicate allspice, violet and rose petal, and a palate sustained by a relentless, rocky minerality trailed by graphite, this is a powerhouse.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

It can be difficult to find high quality Mt Veeder Cabernet that is both delicious and affordable. That being said, Mt. Brave's Cabernet from this famous Napa sub-appellation is stunning and we have it at a price that's much less than other wines from the area. Beautiful aromatics of dark fruits and graphite are shown with a juicy, rich mouthfeel that is nicely balanced with acidity and tannin. Hold on to this for at least a few years and I'm sure it'll evolve beautifully!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

One of the most concentrated, powerful and structured boutique Napa Cabs that has passed my lips this year. This has the inky, ultra concentrated, polished feel that often accompanies wines with a price tag of 5 to 10 times this price point. Winemaker Chris Carpenter of Lokoya / Cardinale fame is crafting this wine that tastes like its costs waaaayyyyyy more than it does. I love that this Mt. Veeder fruit has power and richness but also maintains beautiful varietal structure and a gravelly minerality that is lost in so many over-ripe renditions Napa Cabernet these days. No expense spared on the slick oak that rounds out the experience. Really special mountain Cabernet for an almost everyday price point.