Mt Brave Napa Valley 94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points, The Wine Advocate 93 Points, JamesSuckling.com
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Tasting Notes: Notes of espresso, blueberry, cassis, anise and dried violets, with subtle minerality and hints of cedar. Well-integrated with velvety tannins with an expansive mouthfeel.
All the fruit for the 2011 Mt. Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon came from Mt. Brave and Veeder Peak Vineyards in the Northern part of the AVA. The Mt. Brave vineyard is famous for its rugged terrain and steep slopes, which require that all work in the vineyard be done by hand. High above the fog, it sits at between 1,400-1,800 feet, where nutrient poor, thin soils barely hold water, resulting in tiny berries with intense flavor yet soft tannins. While the Mt. Veeder AVA is cooler than most of Napa because of its elevation, it’s the first to see the early morning sun. This extended sun exposure helps ripen the tannins. This wine aged in French oak barrels for 19 months (91% new oak).