Winemaker Chris Carpenter has a long and distinguished history with Mt. Veeder, and his wines for Mt. Brave reflect this careful stewardship. There is harmony on the mountain, a joining of vision, values, and respect for what the land has to offer, and a tradition of winegrowing that dates back a century and a half.
The wines of Mt. Brave show the characteristic brambly aromas and blue fruit flavors that are common to Mt. Veeder, but are expressed here uncommonly well. They feature intense minerality, well-defined tannins allowing for extended aging, and recognizable mouth-pleasing acidity. The incredible structure suggests an extended development over time, but the wines have been crafted for enjoyment and celebration in the present.
In every glass, there is a balance between rugged winegrowing and elegant winemaking, a harnessing of nature and a reckoning of sorts expressed in each new vintage.
90 Points Mt. Brave 2009 Malbec - "The 2009 Malbec is an attractive, juicy wine...there is plenty of Mt. Veeder character in this focused, cool, mineral-laced red." —Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 Points Mt. Brave 2009 Merlot - "The 2009 Merlot is intense, juicy and beautifully balanced. A burst of dark, juicy fruit is followed by mint, pine, spices and licorice as the flavors build to the finish. Clean layers of minerality and sweet notes from the new French oak frame the exceptionally polished finish." —Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 Points Mt. Brave 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as quite soft and lush for a Mt. Veeder wine. Dark red fruit, flowers, mint and crushed rocks are some of the notes that flow through to the intense, saline finish. I especially like the energy and drive here." —Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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