2010 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2010 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder, California


I’m not really sure how brave that mountain is but I do know Mt. Veeder produces some mighty fine fruit. Wow! The Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon was an absolute pleasure to consume. Pleasure squared to be exact with the savory, sweet, acid, and fruit all represented in a balanced complete package. A big wine from a big producer complete with a bottle that is so heavy you have to hate it. Trouble is I really loved this wine. It has wonderful varietal components, a full body, beguiling aromas, excellent flavors and a lengthy luxurious finish. Yeah, I liked pretty much every single aspect of this luscious libation. 

Mt. Brave is kicking it hard and charting territory where few have gone before with this Cabernet Sauvignon. First, let’s say, no matter how good the blue hued floral and ripe juicy dark fruit smells, show some respect and let this one decant a couple of hours. Then and only then will you fully be able to appreciate the avalanche of flavors this wine will generously give as a reward for your patience. Not that the wine doesn’t taste great right after pulling the cork. It does. It’s been my experience that there is no greater regret than tasting the last drop of a wine and realizing, “my god this is so much better than it was when I first opened it!”

This is definitely one of those wines. Leading the flavor parade are big flavors of juicy red raspberries and blackberries so ripe they would fall apart if you looked at them hard. Adding deft balance to this lovely package are the vanilla flavors you might experience from a well-made creme brulee and a hint of graphite on the finish. I haven’t tasted a better example of Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon in a long time. The Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon is a celebration wine if there ever was one, especially if you’re looking to impress anyone with a jaded palate. Hey, it could be a daily drinker if you have the budget to support it. I can’t imagine anyone ever getting tired of drinking this wine.

Rating: Excellent (94) | $75 | 14.3% ABV

Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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