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.
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.
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)
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.
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