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Edition 36 | November

Hello Mountain Wine Club!

For every MWC shipment we hand select the wines to share with you, and the November shipment is always just a little more fun. We go through our cellar and choose from those bottles that we feel would be a perfect pairing for your holiday feasts or be the most impressive gift to give the wine lover on your list. We hope you enjoy this year’s selection as much as we do.

This shipment, we are bringing you extremely limited library selections from our mountain vineyards – the 2011 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 La Jota Vineyard Co. Howell Mountain Merlot. These two wines have been aging in our cellar and the time is perfect to enjoy them.

The 2011 growing season was a difficult one with cooler, wetter weather, however our Mt. Brave Vineyard was perfectly placed for success. As I wrote upon the vintage release, “That early morning sun, coming to the mountain vineyards without the shield of fog, kicks off the ripening process hours before its counterparts on the lower altitudes giving our vineyards a leg up on difficult conditions.”

In contrast, the following year in 2012 was near perfect, with ideal spring budbreak and warm steady days balanced by cool nights. These superb conditions continued into the fall, resulting in optimal ripening conditions at harvest.

As we reflect on the year gone by, and plan for the next, we wish you a very happy holiday season and hope to see you in Napa Valley soon.

Peace,

Winemaker Chris Carpenter

2011 Mt. Brave
Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, CA
Winemaker

Christopher Carpenter

Viticulturist

Mariano Navarro

Ageing

19 months in 91% new French oak barrels with in-barrel malolactic fermentation using native strains

Composition

94% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc

Vineyard

Mount Veeder Vineyard
Mt. Brave Vineyard

Alcohol by Volume

14.5%

2011 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 La Jota Vineyard Co.
Howell Mountain Merlot

Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, CA
Winemaker

Christopher Carpenter

Viticulturist

Mariano Navarro

Composition

100% Merlot

Alcohol by Volume

14.8%

Vineyard

La Jota Estate Vineyard
& W.S. Keyes Vineyard

Ageing

20 months in 86% new French oak

Acclaim

92 points
Robert M. Parker, Jr.
The Wine Advocate, October 2014

2012 La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot