Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2016 (Napa Valley, California) - [AG 94] [JD 93-95] [JS 92]

Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2016
(Napa Valley, California) - [AG 94] [JD 93-95] [JS 92]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
• 2016 in Napa Valley was considered an “exceptional vintage,” with ideal growing conditions, moderate yields and superb wine quality.
• The early, moderate weather and lack of significant heat events made for one of the best quality vintages of recent memory.
• Compared to the previous four vintages, 2016 saw wetter spring soil conditions, requiring careful canopy maintance.
• Yields were moderate to below average going into harvest. Tannin quantity was overall slightly low, but tannin quality is excellent.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Vinous:
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain) is going to need at least a few years to come into its own, as the tannins are pretty fierce at this stage. Tightly wound and packed, the 2016 is full of energy. Raspberry jam, iron, dried flowers red flowers, mint and white pepper all help give the 2016 a decidedly high-toned profile, but it is the wine's energy and sense of drive that stand out most." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2018)

93-95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is another pure, elegant, classic wine from this estate. Blueberries, tobacco leaf, forest floor and underbrush notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied beauty that has ripe tannin, notable freshness, and again, awesome purity of fruit." - Jeb Dunnuck (12/29/2017)

92 Points - James Suckling:
This has attractive, softly fleshy red plums around deeper-set blackcurrant and a core of long, ripe, smooth tannins. Very nicely delivered blend of 82 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 18 per cent merlot that has drinkable appeal now." - (16 Oct, 2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is deep garnet-purple colored and scented of black plums, black cherries, mulberries and fertile soil with a hint of cigars. Medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy, it gives a good amount of plummy fruit with an herbal lift on the finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (31st Jan 2019)