40 Ratings
Robert Craig Winery Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Details

Wine Description

(From 2009 Vintage) Aroma: Complex fragrance of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and dark espresso, with underlying crushed granite and floral notes of dusty rose petal and violets. Flavors: Rich, concentrated black and red fruit flavors are wide and deep. Sleek, silky tannins bring substantial weight to the mid-palate, topped with layers of cassis, graphite, roasted coffee and violets. Finish: The sweet tannins stride down the finish, bringing along black pepper, cigar box spice and a pronounced minerality. General: A dense, racy and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, perfect for a ribeye. Decanting is recommended.

Winemaker's Notes

Robert Craig is a sweet guy who has done a lot for the Napa Valley. This intense yet smooth tannin wines shows why Cab is King. At $45, this is still a great deal.

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    a little heavy

    over 5 years
Expert Reviews
  • Appellation America
    Winemaker Robert Craig produces wine from hillside grapes on Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder. The grapes for this wine come from the latter region at elevations of up to 1,800 feet. The contours of the 26-acre site offer typical Mount Veeder terrain with multiple hillside exposures and changes in elevation of up to 400 feet. The well-drained sandstone and blue slate soils provide for growing small berries, with yields from one to three tons. Typical of the AVA, this wine is very dark in color with lots of chocolate-peppermint nuances. The blackberry fruit is sweet and bright and the wine is balanced with good acidity. It’s a bit astringent at this point, attesting to its youth. So, hold it for a couple of years and drink it over the ensuing 15. The listed alcohol is high at 14.9 percent, but because of the concentration of the fruit, that aspect is mitigated. The wine was aged for 20 months in French wood, 75 percent of which was new, with the rest having seen two harvests. There were 1,665 cases made.