Ross' Weekly Sip: 2014 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon

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After presenting you with a handful of my perennial French favorites, I’ve decided to reel it back in, and share with you one of my personal favorite Napa Valley cabernets. The 2014 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, assembled from 100% Mt. Veeder fruit. 

What makes this wine special?  Some may argue, but for me, Mt. Veeder fruit is the purest of what Napa has to offer. If you don’t believe me, ask Charles Krug Winery, who has been producing wines on these high-altitude slopes since the early 1860’s. 

The wine itself, as with wines of any of the other four mountain appellations surrounding the Napa Valley, tends to be denser, more pigmented, with higher overall complexity, richness and tannin than the wines found on the valley floor. The wine is truly unique to California and shows a sense of place that can only be crafted above the fog line, on the 1400 ft. slopes of the Mayacamas. 

The absolute best parcels in the Mt. Brave Vineyard are donated to winemaker Chris Carpenter’s top cuvee, Cardinale. This wine is a blend of mountain appellations that retails over $250 a bottle. Although the remaining juice is handled with the exact same care, the single vineyard Mt. Brave bottling can be had at a fraction of the cost. 

Great with red meat, a robust cigar, or a night cap with friends, the 2014 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect for enjoying now, or discovering in your cellar down the road.  Oh, and it makes a great gift that anyone is sure to love! 

2014 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon $67.99


Ross Jackson

The Kansas City Wino

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