By: Alex Pross |
K&L Staff Member |
Review Date: 10/20/2010
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I have been a fan of Robert Craig for a long time.
The Robert Craig winery was founded by Bob Craig in 1992 after a successful stint as general manager of Hess Collection Winery. Known as the "mountain man," Bob Craig has long been a champion of distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon made from vineyards in the highest, most remote reaches of the valley. He's been a pioneer in fashioning Cabernet from mountain vineyards that emphasize ripe fruit, supple
tannins and early balance and integration. Bob's belief in the importance and significance of mountain vineyards led him to spearhead the campaign to have Mt. Veeder designated as a special appellation in 1999. He consulted on a similar matter for the Spring Mountain appellation. I share Bob's belief and passion for mountain-grown Cabernet because the sloped vineyards, along with the rocky, mineral-deprived soil, force the vines to work hard to receive water and nutrients, resulting in smaller, more concentrated grapes. These grapes generally have deeper, more complex and powerful fruit, which is why the mountain vineyards of Spring, Howell, Veeder, Atlas Peak and Diamond Mountain Districts are all well known for making powerful and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignons. I am convinced that the best California Cabernet Sauvignons.