2003 Robert Craig Mt. Veeder Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1024386 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder (96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) reveals a spectacular set of aromatics, including blackberries, blueberries, acacia flowers and graphite. The wine hits the palate with an explosive richness, excellent definition, good acidity and a freshness and vibrancy that seem at odds with the weather extremes of 2003. This is a sensational Cabernet Sauvignon from a winery that is still somewhat under-appreciated for what they have achieved. One of the vintage’s superstars, this deep, full-bodied 2003 should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. (RP)  (6/2013)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Nicely extracted, enriched by a full measure of complementary oak and long on articulate young Cabernet fruit, this solid effort is convincingly keyed on classic varietal currants with enriching accents of sweet spice and chocolate running its considerable length. Ripe, but not at all beholden to ripeness, it shows very good balance and terrific extension, and the youthful toughness and slight heat that crop up at the finish will be remedied by a few years in the cellar.  (8/2006)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Riper, softer and more accessible than Craig's Howell Mountain Cab, this wine, grown at 1,800 feet, shows delicious cherry, currant and chocolate flavors, with the caramel and toast of new oak. For all the deliciousness, it still has mountain tannins, and should age well for a decade.  (9/2006)

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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 (%): 14.5