Thursday, February 7, 2013

Robert Craig Mount Veeder Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Craig Mount Veeder Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, $63.74-$74.99, 94 points, has a black core that transitions to bright red with a broad transparent rim.
The nose seemed made-up of many subtle tones without being overwhelmed by any one aroma; I found several descriptors, some of which you may take with a "grain of salt": floral cedar, black olive, clove, and celery salt combined to make a bouquet worthy of this wine.
Full bodied with bright acidity and round accessible tannin conveyed lush flavors of blackberry, black cherry, tart red cherry, plum, licorice, and dried savory herbs.
Finishing with a warm (14.8% alcohol) and long trailing palate, the climax of spice wrapped-up an exceptional red wine.
This big young red wine is very drinkable now and will pair well with spicy meats, stews, Italian or French, cream or tomato sauces, but because the Robert Craig is that good as stand-alone wine, I'd (if I had more of it) drink it with anything!


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