98 Points Mt. Brave 2008 Merlot - "A tremendous achievement in Merlot. The vineyard, around 1,600 feet up on Mt. Veeder, is now owned by the Jackson family, and the winemaker is Chris Carpenter, who oversees Cardinale. In fact, this Merlot bears an uncanny resemblance to Cardinale in the dramatically ripe, sweet fruit and superb, tannin-based structure. It's 100% Merlot, with hefty yet balanced alcohol, and the wine easily handles the 85% new French oak in which it was aged for 22 months. Editors' Choice.—Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2012
Nestled on the western ridge of the Mayacamas Mountains, the Mt. Brave Vineyard succeeds in its struggle to produce fruit of great distinction, resulting in a Merlot showing a smokey and boysenberryladen nose followed by a rich and round texture of chocolate, dark cherry, walnuts, and vanilla on the palate. The finish is simply incredible, a wonderfully drawn-out experience that lingers.
Appellation: Mt. Veeder
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