The Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 is everything you look for in a Napa Cabernet. Its intense dark fruit aromas draw you in. The palate is lush and layered, with rich blue and black fruit flavors that are enhanced by the finesse of a skilled wine maker. The velvety texture coats your mouth and the finish goes on and on so you can’t help but linger over every sip.
The grapes for the Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon are grown on Mt. Veeder’s rugged terrain, at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 1,800 feet. The unique growing conditions result in small berries with concentrated flavors, and produce a wine that is expressive of the mountain and the soil.
Winemaker Chris Carpenter (well-known to Napa wine aficionados for Cardinale and Lokoya wines) adds the finishing touch. His knowledge of the terrain and passion for winemaking are evident in each bottle.
From your first sniff of fragrant ripe black cherry and blueberry, you know that this will be a delicious wine. The berry notes expand on the palate, and are layered with dark chocolate, tobacco, violet, a hint of vanilla and gentle wet shale minerality. Chewy tannins add to the luscious mouthfeel, and the finish is long and satisfying.
If serving the wine at your holiday gathering this year, the AG recommends decanting it for fuller enjoyment.
For more information on the wines of Mt. Brave visit www.mtbravewines.com. The wines may be purchased on the website.
$75, 14.5% alcohol by volume
photo credit: Mt. Brave