2018 Mt. Brave Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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JD 97 VN 97 JS 95 WA 95 WS 95 DC 94 WE 93
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, January 2021

Lots of cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as classic Mount Veeder notes of lavender, violets, bouquet garni, and rocky, mineral-like notes emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, full-bodied mountain...
VN 97

Vinous, January 2021

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Brave is fabulous. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2018 possesses tremendous depth and tons of personality. Graphite, blue/purplish fruit, blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, sage...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, April 2021

Blackberry and chili with hints of cloves and graphite. Bitter chocolate, too. Full-bodied, very linear and tight with intense tannins that lead you down the finish. Solid structure. Needs four or five years to open up...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2021

(95+ points) A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder was aged for 22 months in oak barrels, 82% new. Deep garnet-purple...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, October 2021

This packs in lots of dense yet sleek blackberry, mulberry and black currant fruit flavors, while anise, sassafras and violet notes add range throughout. There's plenty of structure embedded as well, though it tilts to...
DC 94

Decanter, October 2020

The winemaking precision of Chris Carpenter as his team is apparent across all their projects regardless of price point, making the Mt. Brave Howell Mountain particularly impressive as a relative value proposition. Soft...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, March 2022

Reductive on the nose, this age-worthy wine shows a ton of structure and elegant power, finessed in tight, youthful tannin and earthy underbrush. Sage, dust and oak support a framework of dense red fruit that should...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Mount Veeder
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Mt. Brave Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that exudes elegance and power, showcasing the unique characteristics of the Mount Veeder sub-appellation in Napa, California. This red wine is made from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec, resulting in a complex and layered flavor profile.

In the glass, the wine displays a deep garnet-purple color, inviting you to explore its enticing aromas. On the nose, soft but ripe red fruits and briar notes greet you, accompanied by hints of lavender, violets, bouquet garni, and rocky, mineral-like nuances. It is an aromatic symphony that sets the stage for what is to come.

On the palate, the 2018 Mt. Brave Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon truly shines. It is a deep, full-bodied wine with a plush and layered texture that caresses the senses. The flavors of cassis and black raspberry dominate, intermingling with notes of blackberry, chili, cloves, graphite, bitter chocolate, sage, and menthol. The wine is supported by a solid structure, firm yet refined tannins, and great tension, leading to a long and minerally finish.

This wine has received high praise from renowned critics. Decanter awarded it a score of 94, commending its winemaking precision and value proposition. James Suckling rated it 95 points, noting its tight structure and suggesting it would benefit from additional aging. Jeb Dunnuck bestowed an impressive score of 97, calling it a head-turning wine and a candidate for the best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also awarded it 95+ points, highlighting its vibrant fruit, sautéed herb nuances, and long finish. Vinous rated it 97 points, describing it as fabulous, explosive, and possessing tremendous depth. Wine Spectator scored it 95 points, praising its dense fruit flavors, precise oak treatment, and zesty acidity. Lastly, Wine Enthusiast awarded it 93 points, appreciating its structure, elegant power, and potential for further development.

The 2018 Mt. Brave Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that demands attention and respect. It is a testament to the skill and expertise of the winemaking team, offering a truly exceptional experience for wine enthusiasts. This is a wine to be savored and cherished, and it will undoubtedly reward those who have the patience to let it age gracefully in the cellar.