Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
We hand-harvested grapes into lug boxes during cool morning hours, at an average Brix of 25°. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and then underwent native malolactic fermentation in barrels to round acidity and softly integrate the vanillin character of French oak (91% new). After barrel aging for 19 months, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
High-elevation winegrowing requires a painstaking, labor intensive approach. Thin, rocky soils and steep slopes make water retention a challenge and erosion a threat, but the vines benefit from the struggle and produce concentrated flavors. This regularly extends the growing season into November, and the increased hang-time results in peak ripeness and full varietal complexity.
• 95 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2018
Bottle Size: 750ml