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2011 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8316304 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Obtained by inheritance; Consignor is second owner

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
crlew 2 $52 $104
Palisades 0 of 1 $51 $0
2 $50
Item Sold Amount Date
I8316304 2 $52 Jul 10, 2022
I8281713 3 $55 Jun 19, 2022
I8261852 2 $55 Jun 12, 2022
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RATINGS

94Vinous / IWC

Blackberry jam, cassis, new leather, smoke and incense all flow through to a deep, resonant finish.

91Robert M. Parker Jr.

...juicy mid-palate, layers of fruit and glycerin, and a medium to full-bodied style.

90Stephen Tanzer

Suave and fine-grained, with sweet dark berry, mocha and espresso flavors accented by a peppery note.

PRODUCER

Robert Craig

Robert Craig in Napa Valley was founded in 1992 when Robert Craig, a former general manager of The Hess Collection winery, struck out on his own. Craig wanted to make small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon from distinct Napa Valley appellations. Today the estate vineyard is a 9.5-acre parcel on Howell Mountain. Robert Craig also sources grapes from Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, and other appellations. The estate’s Cabernet Sauvignons typically earn scores in the 90s. Robert Craig also produces Chardonnay and Zinfandel.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Howell Mountain AVA in Northeastern Napa Valley was the first of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, earning its own designation in 1984, just a year after Napa Valley became an appellation. As the name suggests, the AVA is in one of the highest elevations in the area. Every vineyard in the appellation is at least 1,400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet and because of their altitude most of the AVA’s vineyards receive more sun than vineyards at lower elevations, which are affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. Howell Mountain was home to vineyards in the late 19th century, but winemaker Randy Dunn is considered the area’s most influential modern pioneer. Dunn moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, acquired property and began making exceptionally rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVA also grows Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are 600 vineyard acres within Howell Mountain AVA.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.