Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder is big, broad-shouldered wine loaded with class and personality. Firm tannins provide the backdrop for layers of dark red fuit in this super-expressive, racy Cabernet Sauvignon. Tar, licorice, menthol, iron and smoke nuances develop in the glass, adding a sense of gravitas. This is a striking totally beautiful wine from Robert Craig...96" WA 12/11 "Intense, focused and vibrant, with a beam of mineral-laced dried berry, currant and cedar flavors, this is slow to unfold but does so gracefully. Long and persistent...92" WS 10/12 "Good full ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, cassis, licorice, minerals and chocolately oak. Rich, plush and sweet, with a pliant, three-dimensional texture to the flavors of black fruits, spices and cocoa powder. Builds impressively and spreads out on the back end, which features serious but suave tannins and a lingering medicinal quality. Quite supple for young Mount Veeder cabernet and long on personality. Gained in sweetness with extended time in the recorked bottle, without losing any of its mineral energy. As good a cabernet as I've tasted from this winery for years - and their Howell Mountain bottling is in the same class...94" IWC 05/12

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Robert Craig Winery:
Robert Craig’s winemaking philosophy is that Cabernet Sauvignons should be made with minimal intervention, so that unique vineyard qualities are displayed in the finished wine. Distinguished by concentrated varietal character, appealing aromas and intense fruit flavors, these Cabernets are balanced, integrated and luscious upon release, while offering great potential for long-term aging. The ... Read more
Robert Craig’s winemaking philosophy is that Cabernet Sauvignons should be made with minimal intervention, so that unique vineyard qualities are displayed in the finished wine. Distinguished by concentrated varietal character, appealing aromas and intense fruit flavors, these Cabernets are balanced, integrated and luscious upon release, while offering great potential for long-term aging. The Robert Craig Winery is located at 2300 atop Howell Mountain, overlooking Napa Valley. The winemaking regimen is undertaken with great care and attention to detail. Each vineyard block is monitored as harvest approaches to assure the proper degree of ripeness, and grapes are picked in small lots. Individual lots are processed separately during fermentation in order to maximize color and character development and closely manage the influence of tannin. Frequent pump-overs in early fermentation produce full extraction of the fruit while providing ripe, round tannins. This small-lot format expands the blending options, allowing for fine-tuning of the wine style. All Cabernets are aged in French oak barrels to gain added complexity. Read less
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Member Reviews for Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder

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Snooth User: Matt Walker
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4.50 5
10/21/2012

Absolutely wonderful. Massively structured yet perfectly balanced and finally restrained use of oak on a Napa cab. Blackberries, baking cocoa, cedar, tobacco and roast coffee. Lots of aging potential.


Snooth User: wadeeckman
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12/14/2012

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/17/2013

Good full ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, cassis, licorice, minerals and chocolatey oak. Rich, plush and sweet, with a pliant, three-dimensional texture to the flavors of black fruits, spices and cocoa powder. Builds impressively and spreads ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

This hits the jackpot. You taste it and are struck by its incredible richness, but then the balance kicks in, making it all the more impressive. It shows intense mountain flavors of blackberry, currant and dark chocolate, which are set into firm tannins. New oak brings delicious layers of vanilla and buttered toast. So good now, you can hardly keep your hands off the cork, but it should develop for many years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Offers a firm, tannic mix of dried berry, cedar, crushed rock and savory herb. Intense and best to cellar in order to let the flavors and texture knit. Best from 2014 through 2025.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain bursts from the glass with expressive layers of roasted coffee beans, graphite, scorched earth and tar. It is a massive wine, yet shows remarkable balance and harmony from start to finish. Layers of racy black fruit build towards the muscular, virile finish. Simply put, this is a stunning example of Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain. The 2009 Howell Mountain is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2019–2029+.



Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Wild mountain fruit, pure and concentrated, is intertwined with cassis, cocoa powder, cedar and delicate black rose. Underlying notes of graphite and crushed rock add a Bordeaux-like minerality. Flavors: An elegant mouthful of Mt. Veeder black currant, sweet cassis and powdered chocolate is followed by pencil lead, lively mineral notes, and warm stones. Finish: Deep layers of black cherry and berry are bolstered by finegrained mountain tannins and enlivened by bracing acidity. General: This beautifully structured wine is built for the long-haul. Decanting recommended.

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder is big, broad-shouldered wine loaded with class and personality. Firm tannins provide the backdrop for layers of dark red fuit in this super-expressive, racy Cabernet Sauvignon. Tar, licorice, menthol, iron and smoke nuances develop in the glass, adding a sense of gravitas. This is a striking totally beautiful wine from Robert Craig...96" WA 12/11 "Intense, focused and vibrant, with a beam of mineral-laced dried berry, currant and cedar flavors, this is slow to unfold but does so gracefully. Long and persistent...92" WS 10/12 "Good full ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, cassis, licorice, minerals and chocolately oak. Rich, plush and sweet, with a pliant, three-dimensional texture to the flavors of black fruits, spices and cocoa powder. Builds impressively and spreads out on the back end, which features serious but suave tannins and a lingering medicinal quality. Quite supple for young Mount Veeder cabernet and long on personality. Gained in sweetness with extended time in the recorked bottle, without losing any of its mineral energy. As good a cabernet as I've tasted from this winery for years - and their Howell Mountain bottling is in the same class...94" IWC 05/12

1004 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 70% new, 30% second year. Unfiltered and Unfined

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: .62 grams per liter

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