Vinous 93 points – The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mount Veeder) is incredibly primary at this stage. Creme de cassis, plum, spice, bittersweet chocolate, menthol, licorice and leather all run through this plush yet structured, inviting Cabernet Sauvignon..December/2018
James Suckling 93 points – Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrants follow through to a full body and chewy tannins. So much character and intensity. Muscular and gorgeous. Needs two to three years to soften..May/2019
Chris Carpenter turned out a compelling set of wines at Mt. Brave, Jackson Family Wines’ Mt. Veeder label. The 2016s are distinctive and super-expressive, even in the early going. – From Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets – Part 1 (Dec 2018) by Antonio Galloni
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’ beneficial struggle produces tiny berries with unusually concentrated flavors. The high altitude keeps midday temperatures cooler than those in the valley below, while the position above the fog line gives grapes longer daily exposure to sunlight. This regularly extends the growing season into November, and the increased hang-time results in peak ripeness and full varietal complexity.