Robert Craig Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Napa Valley, California) - [WA 94] [VM 93] [JS 93]

Robert Craig Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
(Napa Valley, California) - [WA 94] [VM 93] [JS 93]

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The Pym Rae vineyard is found at the northern end of the Mount Veeder AVA, where fractured blue shale and sandstone soils dominate the landscape. With an average elevation of 1800' the vineyard is actually two separate blocks; the upper elevation site called "Pym Rae-Upper" and the lower elevation site employing an equally creative naming scheme.

In any given vintage the two blocks ripen at very different rates; Pym Rae-Lower always ripens first, usually about two weeks earlier. 2012 was no exception, with Cabernet starting to come off the vine on the lower block on October 10. With 2012's compact harvest, tank space was precious and the two week break between harvest dates of the two blocks turned out to be ideal. By October 31 everything was harvested, allowing us to catch our breath, and give the Pym Rae fruit all the time and attention needed to make an exemplary wine.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Traditionally, Robert Craig has done a brilliant job with their selection from Mount Veeder, and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) shows that haunting blueberry, raspberry, black raspberry and floral notes that seem characteristic of that AVA. A dense ruby/purple color, beautifully sweet purity, full-bodied opulence with a layered mouthfeel as well as sweet tannin make for another great 2013 that can be drunk young or cellared for 20-25 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Dec 2015)

93 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media:
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mt. Veeder) opens with a blast of dark blue/purplish fruit, spices, menthol and licorice. A host of graphite, slate, game, iron and savory notes appears later, adding considerable nuance throughout. The 2013 packs plenty of intensity, but the style is distinctly fruit-driven for the year." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2015)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"The spices and fresh herbs come through the cool fruit here. Hints of sweet tobacco. Full body, silky tannins and a juicy finish. A delicious red with lots of character and tone. Attractive now but better in 2020."