2010 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
*Cellar Selection* Tasted in summer, 2013, this Cab was so tannic it was basically undrinkable. The astringency locks down the palate, but through it are faintly discernible notes of the wine’s richness, in the form of incredibly concentrated blackberries, black currants, dark chocolate and smoky oak. Give this wine at least eight years in the cellar, and it should be providing plenty of delicious pleasure for an additional decade beyond that, if not even longer. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is another dark, powerful wine. Incense, licorice, smoke, tobacco and scorched earth flow from the glass. There is plenty of Mt. Veeder character in the wine’s flavor profile and structure. Though compelling, readers need to give the 2010 time for the chewy, mouthcoating tannins to lose a bit of their edginess. The 2010 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep ruby. Musky cassis, black cherry and spicy bitter chocolate on the nose. Concentrated and chewy but a bit youthfully reduced, with a distinctly medicinal cast to the dark fruit and menthol flavors. Showing little in the way of easy sweetness today. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a repeating medicinal quality. More brutal today than the Howell Mountain version but with plenty of potential. 91(+?) points (AG)