2006 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1052323 93 points 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)  (12/2009)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (8/2009)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (11/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (10/2009)

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.  (12/2009)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2010 | Send Email
This Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon starts out with brooding dark fruits on the nose with a hint of espresso and scorched earth which then leads to a palate of sweet berry fruit and chocolate notes. This wine has layers of complexity along with great structure, body and harmony of fruit, oak, tannin and acidity. The wine finishes off with a long, smooth finish that lingers on the palate for at least 45 seconds. This wine is absolutely delicious and can be drunk now or cellared for five to ten years and enjoyed then. This is what mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon is all about!

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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