2011 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $70)

SKU #1175477 92 points Vinous

 Exotic, layered and structured, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is wonderfully complete and expressive. Sweet tobacco, cedar, incense, grilled herbs, new leather and red plums are just some of the many notes that emerge from the glass. Veins of underlying minerality and firm mountain tannins provide the backbone for this serious beautiful, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Ferrous notes reappear on the finish, adding distinction and complexity. Readers will have to give the 2011 at least a few years in bottle, even if the wine is already pretty striking. I was deeply impressed with the three 2011 Cabernets I tasted from Robert Craig. All of these wines are going to need at least a few years in the cellar, as the tannins are pretty imposing at this stage.  (11/2013)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Focused on sweet fruit, with scents of bee pollen and green fig, this is a floral, woodsy Cabernet that lasts on its tannins. Give it time to open and the formidable structure begins to show, the tannins filling out the middle of the wine and adding a deeper spice. Tight and youthful, this should develop well.  (10/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder exhibits more blueberry and sweet cassis fruit, a lovely, medium to full-bodied texture, attractive opulence, soft tannins and a fleshy, long finish displaying impressive purity. As this trio proves, Robert Craig is capable of delivering fine efforts even in a challenging vintage. Robert Craig Winery remains under the radar for high quality, impressive wines. (RP)  (10/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, full medium ruby. Enticing aromas of blueberry, mocha and spicecake. Sweet, deep berry and licorice flavors show a pliant texture and very good depth for the vintage, with virtually no sign of greenness. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and noteworthy length.  (6/2014)

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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