2014 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1338629 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)  (5/2018)

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)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2018 | Send Email
If you've read any of my staff reviews on California Cabernet selections at K&L, you'll notice a constant theme: the supremacy of mountain fruit. There's a big difference between what's grown on the hot valley floor and what's allowed to ripen more slowly on the slopes of the various ranges. This 2014 Mt. Brave expression comes from the hillsides of Mount Veeder and --MAN OH MAN-- can you taste the difference in this baby! This is a gritty, chewy, mouthful of thick mountain fruit, absolutely brimming with blackberry, smoke, savory herbs, and concentrated Cabernet goodness. This is a showstopper wine, pure and simple. It tastes far more expensive than it actually is, but you don't have to tell anyone what you really paid.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2018 | Send Email
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.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4