2007 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1059629 94 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, rich and chunky, with dense, mocha-laced currant, wild berry and blackberry flavors that are full-bodied and rustic in texture, with a notable mineral and crushed rock quality, followed by a finish that combines tannic strength with fruit persistence. Drink now through 2022.  (10/ 2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Interestingly enough, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder was also closed. However, it didn’t take long to coax some spice box, cedar, cassis, truffle, and chocolate out of the aromas. In the mouth, the wine is dense, full-bodied, but again, very tannic, almost atypically so for a 2007. I would forget it for at least 3-4 years and drink it over the following two decades. This is the best group of wines I have ever tasted from Robert Craig Winery. Not only is there not a single disappointment in this portfolio, but these are all noteworthy wines, with thrilling levels of quality. Moreover, they are moderately priced for Napa Valley as well as ageworthy. I think these are the finest wines that I have ever tasted from Robert Craig Cellars.  (12/ 2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A lovely and complex Cabernet from this mountain in the southerly Mayacamas chain. It shows the big, firm tannins of its origins, with a dry sturdiness backing up the intense black currant flavors. Drinkable now for sheer decadence, although it also seems to have the stuffing to age for a decade.  (12/ 2010)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Elements of black cherries, cassis, sweet oak and a bare hint of briar combine nicely in the nose here, and the wine follows suit in the mouth even if picking up a noticeable boost in ripeness. Full, slightly fleshy and unconcerned with finesse, it runs into a bit of latter-palate coarseness and heat that combine to make us believe that its best mealtime partner will be hearty hunks of well-seasoned beef.  (12/ 2010)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/20/2010  | Send Email
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.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8