2015 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $90)

SKU #1434755 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec and a splash of Merlot that spent 18 months in 80% new French oak. It has a darker, mineral-driven style in its blue fruits, smoked earth, charcoal, and graphite aromatics. These give way to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, fresh, lively 2015 that’s going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and keep for 15+.  (12/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Robert Craig's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain) is surprisingly open and accessible for a young Howell Mountain wine. Medium in body, with lovely underpinnings of minerality, the 2015 has quite a bit of mineral and soil-driven nuances to play off the inky red and purplish-toned fruit. Readers who enjoy Cabernets with a good deal of aromatic nuance will want to cellar the 2015 for at least a few years. Opening a bottle before then is hardly a crime, as the wine is super expressive even in the early going. (AG)  (3/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 A wealth of blackberry, currant and chocolate on the nose follow through to a full body, with plenty of vanilla and berry character. A soft and velvety wine.  (12/2017)

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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2019 | Send Email
Farmed at very low yields (1.8 acres/ton) and high elevation (2,300 ft), this is certainly an intense, spicy, dark fruited Cab Sauv. Pepper, espresso, and wild berries are the standouts here, thought there is a high-toned element as well with bright flavors from the cooler high elevation weather. This is deeper and darker than the Robert Craig Spring Mountain Cab Sauv, but both would be fantastic choices for heartier dinners heading into Fall.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2019 | Send Email
Darker fruited and more brooding than the Spring Mtn bottling; deep, red to black fruits. Soil, hot stone and graphite underpins blackberries, plum, blackcurrant, sage and black pepper. Huge intensity framed by classic Howell Mtn tannin. Perfect for hearty winter pot roast or braised short ribs.
Drink from 2019 to 2035

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