2007 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder

Year: 2007
Appellation: Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 93+
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Red Wine
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WOW!!

"Firm, rich and chunky, with dense, mocha-laced currant, wild berry and blackberry flavors that are full-bodied and rustic in texture, with a notable mineral and crushed rock quality, followed by a finish that combines tannic strength with fruit persistence. Drink now through 2022. 1,480 cases made." (WS)

"Interestingly enough, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder was also closed. However, it didn’t take long to coax some spice box, cedar, cassis, truffle, and chocolate out of the aromas. In the mouth, the wine is dense, full-bodied, but again, very tannic, almost atypically so for a 2007. I would forget it for at least 3-4 years and drink it over the following two decades.

This is the best group of wines I have ever tasted from Robert Craig Winery. Not only is there not a single disappointment in this portfolio, but these are all noteworthy wines, with thrilling levels of quality. Moreover, they are moderately priced for Napa Valley as well as ageworthy. I think these are the finest wines that I have ever tasted from Robert Craig Cellars." (WA)

"Elements of black cherries, cassis, sweet oak and a bare hint of briar combine nicely in the nose here, and the wine follows suit in the mouth even if picking up a noticeable boost in ripeness. Full, slightly fleshy and unconcerned with finesse, it runs into a bit of latter-palate coarseness and heat that combine to make us believe that its best mealtime partner will be hearty hunks of well-seasoned beef. Reviewed: December 2010" (CG)

Winery Notes:
WINEMAKER NOTES
When Robert Craig first came to Napa Valley in the late 1970’s, he headed to Mt. Veeder in the southwestern Mayacamas range. There he spent the next 12 years learning about mountain vineyards and came to regard Mt. Veeder one of the premiere Appellations for world-class Cabernet Sauvignons. His first Mt. Veeder Cabernet was made in 1993. Fourteen vintages later, the 2007 offering represents perhaps the finest expression of this mountain terroir. The wine virtually leaps out of the glass with luscious fruit, incredibly fine, silky tannins and powerful finish.

VINEYARD CHARACTERISTICS
This single-vineyard source that Robert Craig helped to plant in 1990 is located at 1800 feet along the mountain’s summit. The steep contours of this 26-acre site offer quintessential Mt. Veeder terrain with multiple hillside exposures and changes in elevation. The resulting microclimates create varied weather patterns which influence grape development and ripening. The well-drained sandstone and blue shale soils provide an ideal foundation for growing small, concentrated berries.

TASTING NOTES
Aroma: Intense, gorgeous aromas of blackberry and black currant followed by dark chocolate, vanilla bean and creme de cassis. Flavors: An explosion of juicy, rich Mt. Veeder black fruit underlain with more cassis, pencil lead, cocoa, and cedar. Finish: A huge concentration of fruit flows through on the palate, enlivened by bracing acidity and enveloped in refined, sweet mountain tannins. General: This is among the most ageworthy of our mountain Cabernets. Patience will be rewarded with 20+ years of enjoyment. Decanting recommended.