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Robert Craig

$80

2010 Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Howell Mountain cabernets are often noted for the power of their tannins. This one shares that power: Grown on red volcanic soils at the estate vineyard adjacent to Robert Craig’s winery—the west face of a ridge top closing in on 2,300 feet—it builds intensity out of dark fruit tones and the black spice of its tannins. At first, those tannins feel luxurious, richly layered with cedar and cool forest scents. Their complexity gains with air, as does the wine’s refinement, subsuming power into tremendous length of flavor. It brings on a scent memory of camping in the woods—a cabernet that excites the senses, structured to develop for years in the bottle. (950 cases)

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Robert Craig Winery, Angwin, CA

Reviewed by Joshua Greene | Oct 2013 | Add a comment

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Robert Craig

$50

2010 Napa Valley Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon

A lean cabernet with scents of violets and blue fruit, this gains richness from its dark chocolate tannins. Hints of mint, black peppercorns and dark roast coffee add to the wine’s complexity. For lamb chops.

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Robert Craig Winery, Angwin, CA

Reviewed by Joshua Greene | Apr 2013 | Add a comment

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Robert Craig

$50

2010 Howell Mountain Napa Valley Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel

From Jerre Sears’s vineyard on a high saddle of Howell Mountain, this is an earthy wine with a powerful, black, smoky soil character. The fruit is exotic in its richness, the tannins potent and gripping. It needs cellar time for the power to relent and the balance to favor the fruit. (340 cases)

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Robert Craig Winery, Angwin, CA

Reviewed by Joshua Greene | Feb 2013 | Add a comment