Winemaker Chris Carpenter on the 2017 vintage:
“I tasted through what had been harvested and produced before the fires broke out, I realized those wines were performing at exceptional levels. I found there was an opportunity to continue making wines from Mt. Brave that express the vintage and have the depth, length, and complexity that have become synonymous with these brands year after year.”
Mt. Brave is a tribute to those who settled the rugged terrain of Mt. Veeder in the Napa Valley during the 1800s. Winemaker Chris Carpenter produces Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc from the high-altitude estate vineyard. This wild and isolated winegrowing region features panoramic views, sparse soils, steep terrain and some of the lowest yields in the Napa Valley.
Chris Carpenter is a prolific California winemaker for some of Napa Valley’s most prestigious wineries, including Mt. Brave, Cardinale, Lokoya and La Jota. Chris has become an expert on the mountain appellations of the Napa Valley. From Mt. Veeder to Howell Mountain, He is intimately acquainted with the subtle nuances each has to offer. Carpenter has garnered much praise over the years from consumers and critics alike.
WA94 Deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Franc Mt. Veeder reveals expressive black fruits with a tarry, broody undercurrent, featuring baked plums, blueberries and blackberries with notions of chargrill, violets and tilled black soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a lot of energy, with loads of freshness and finely grained, ripe tannins, finishing on a perfumed note.
VIN94 The 2017 Cabernet Franc captures a stunning intersection of Franc and Mt. Veeder terroir. Inky, deep and super expressive, the 2017 possesses tremendous richness. Crème de cassis, menthol, lavender, chocolate and graphite infuse the 2017 with real depth and brooding intensity. Beams of incisive tannin give the wine its shape and energy. Readers will need to be patient. The 2017 is really a wine from Mt. Veeder first and foremost; it has tons of character and personality.
Estate Notes: Planted on rocky soils with minimal water retention, these Cabernet Franc vines produce wine of incredible concentration. Aromas of blue fruit and rose petal captivate while notes of herbs de Provence and wet stone grace the palate for a supple and structured finish. The 2017 truly reflects Mt. Veeder’s rugged sense of place. 95.5% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 20 months in 100% French oak, 86% new