2015 Robert Craig Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $90)

SKU #1434754 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain offers a classic Mountain fruit profile with its complex aromatics and fresh, focused, chiseled and structured style on the palate. Mulberries, incense, exotic flowers, and spice all leap from the glass of this inky colored Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s medium to full-bodied, structured and vibrant on the palate. Brought up in 80% new French oak, it has loads of potential but needs 2-4 years of bottle age. 94+  (12/2017)

93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain) is sensual, plush and inviting. It is also the softest and most open-knit of these 2015 Cabernets from Robert Craig. Soft tannins and succulent, red-toned fruit add to the wine's gracious, alluring personality. Super-ripe red cherry and plum fruit are pushed forward, with hints of sweet French oak, kirsch, vanillin and spice that add shades of complexity. (AG)  (3/2018)


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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2019 | Send Email
Coming from steep slopes on the Mayacamas Mountain Range, this is a high elevation wine (around 2000 ft), which gives it a ton of character. Picked at low yields (2.1 tons/acre), this is a nice medium weight Cab Sauv which shows a little spicy and crunchy with dark red fruits dominating. The elevation and angle of the slopes causes the vines to struggle and they certainly inject a lot of flavor into their small berries. Blueberry, plum, and cassis show elegantly and the finish is long.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2019 | Send Email
Explosive wine from Robert Craig - the nose shows intense blue / black fruit: cassis, huckleberry, redcurrant, cedar, bramble and fresh tobacco leaf. Medium plus to full bodied, but not sweet. Refined mountain fruit tannin, structured but not astringent. Opens with air, it's drinking beautifully already but 10-15 years of longevity seems comfortable. Sharp price here.
Drink from 2019 to 2030

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.