2006 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder (81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot) plays it slightly closer to the vest, and at least at this tasting, seemed to be the most backward and tannic of these wines, which surprised me. There is some creme de cassis fruit intermixed with lead pencil shavings and an almost truffle-like note, but the wine is backward and foreboding. (RP)
*One Star* Ripe and rich, highly aromatic if a touch fumey in the bargain, this big wine combines sweet cassis notes and a full measure of creamy, slightly toasty oak with hints of dried cherry and sage and backs up its boldness with extra layers of tannin in a stiff and sturdy structure. It asks for some four to seven years of patience and will last twice that long.
You’ll want to age this wine, because right now it’s super-tannic and direct in primary fruit flavors. It’s blackberries and currants here, new oak there, tannins on the left, alcohol and acidity off on their own. In other words, needs organization.
Bordeaux-like in its structure and character, with aromas of anise, currant, rose petal, cedar and blackberry, turning taut and firm on the palate. Full-bodied, with excellent balance, depth and dimension, ending with tight, ripe tannins. (JL)
Wine & Spirits
This wine has a powerful scent of minerals, like dust coming off iron ore, matched by the scent of pine. Those two aspects, combined with the lean fruit, make this a pungent, austere Cabernet. It feels a little woolly in its youth, extremely dry, needing years to develop beyond its tannin. When it does mellow, it should make a fine complement to grilled butterflied leg of lamb.