2019 Robert Craig 'The Stick' Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

$159.95

The 2019 vintage was close to perfection on Candlestick featuring a long, moderate growing season where the low-yield clusters progressed in ideal fashion. The explosive, black mountain fruit is coupled with an exuberant bouquet of exotic floral and mineral notes. This marks our first year in partnership with Pete Richmond and Silverado Farming Company for vineyard management, and the attention to detail has been well worth the additional expense. With the notable press exposure, this small lot wine is certain to go quickly. Do not miss this opportunity to acquire one of the very best reds to be produced in the Napa Valley.

Back in 1992, when Robert Craig founded his eponymous winery, wines from the mountain appellations of Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, and Diamond Mountain weren’t nearly as fashionable as they are today, or as polished and drinkable. Craig was a visionary in a sense, not only because he recognized the inherent value of mountain fruit, but because he insisted on making wines that could also show well on release. No easy task. Even today the vineyard team at Robert Craig works hard to make sure every row they’re picking is optimally ripe, a key factor in avoiding tannic, green wines. Our hat is off to them and to Stephen Tebb for making such beautiful reds.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Jason Price
Vintage:
2019
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Sub-Appellation:
Howell Mountain
Vineyard:
Candlestick Ridge
Total Varietal Composition %:
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %:
14.8%
Score Vinous:
97
SKU #:
1053397
Size:
750 ml Bottle
VN97

Vinous

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon The Stick is rich, heady and explosive. It offers up an exciting melange of inky dark fruit, chocolate, lavender, spice and licorice, all in an attention-grabbing full-throttle style that is hugely appealing. Even with all of its obvious richness, the 2019 is not at all overly heavy.