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Robert Craig founded the winery bearing his name in 1990 after cutting his teeth at The Hess Collection on Mount Veeder in the 1980s. While there he developed a passion for Napa Valley mountain Cabernets and made it his mission to devote his career making the best mountain Cabs in the Valley. Not only did he accomplish this goal, but he also spearheaded the establishment of the Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain District AVAs.
Craig’s inaugural vintage in 1993 introduced three Cabernets that remain the core of his portfolio: Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder and Affinity. Today, his winery remains one of the most important figures in Mountain Cabernet development and production in the history of the Napa Valley.*
Today’s wine is what Craig calls “the greatest $50 wine to ever be released in the Napa Valley”. The Howell Mountain Cuvée, or HMC is a predominately Cabernet blend that includes Merlot and Malbec from young vines on the Candlestick Vineyard at the top of Howell Mountain. This wine spends a little less time in new barrels than Craig’s $110 Howell Mountain Cabernet and is released earlier, but it has markedly similar quality and pedigree.*
A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and 4% Malbec, the 2018 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cuvée shows all of the deep color, structure and complexity that one might expect from such a terrific vintage in the Howell Mountain AVA. The generous portion of Merlot in the wine allows for a velvet, supple mouthfeel to go with the exotic nose and flavors of cassis, cedar, vanilla, and spice, but make no mistake, this is a Bordeaux Blend from Howell Mountain with the ability to improve for decades in the cellar if called upon to do so.*
Producer Name: Robert Craig
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Sub-Region: North Coast
Appellation: Napa Valley- Howell Mountain
Village/Vineyard/Climat: Candlestick Ridge Estate Vineyard
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, & Malbec
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Winemaker: Jason Price
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Bordeaux style bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork