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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Aroma: Luscious blackberry and boysenberry, with touches of white
pepper, lavender, anise and espresso bean.
Flavors: Intense, mouthfilling
profile of black cherry and raspberry, underlain with more
white pepper, wildflower, roasted coffee, tobacco and vanilla cream
followed by hints of coconut and rhubarb.
Finish: Complex flavors
extend all the way through mid-palate, ending in a full-throttle finish.
General: This smooth, polished wine possesses the weight and structure
befitting a mountain Cabernet. Fine, silky tannins provide the
scaffolding for long-term aging. Decanting is recommended.
Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon,
12% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
"The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (84% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is a stunning wine with an opaque purple color and sweet, broad notes of licorice, plum, blueberry, blackberry, and cassis, as well as a hint of crushed rock. The oak is subtle and the wine savory, rich, and full-bodied, with remarkably sweet tannins, especially for a mountain Cabernet in 2006. This wine is approachable, although it promises to evolve for 20 or more years.
The Wine Advocate
Robert Craig Winery showcases four Cabernet Sauvignons produced from Napa Valley mountain and hillside vineyards, including Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate vineyard, Affinity, a classic Bordeaux-style Cabernet, and powerhouse Cabernets from Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain. Each wine conveys a unique personality derived from the soils, climate and varietal...Read More About Robert Craig Cellars
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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