Villa Sorriso Winery

robert-craigThe wine produced from my listing in Napa Valley, Villa Sorriso, has received phenomenal ratings in this month’s issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

95 Points
2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain comes from an elevation of nearly 2,300 feet and tiny yields of 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. From red, rocky volcanic soils, it is a spicy, rich wine with dark mountain fruits, a hint of graphite and white chocolate (or is it mocha?). This is full-bodied, magical stuff that should drink well for at least ten years.”

95+ Points
2012 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder comes from an 1,800-foot elevation vineyard in the Mayacamas Mountains. This seems to be the biggest, densest, most backward of the wines, with a boatload of tannins still to resolve, but with glorious levels of blueberry and blackberry fruit. There’s something about these Mount Veeder Cabernets: when they’re good, they’re super-good. It has considerable tannin and structure as well as an opaque purple color. It is full-bodied, exhibits tremendous potential, and should age beautifully for 15 or more years. This is a stunning wine, but, of all the Robert Craig 2012s, the one that requires the most patience.”

95 Points
2012 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

“Another mountain wine, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain, comes from a vineyard at 2,000-feet elevation in rock-imbued volcanic soils. Deep ruby/purple, it has glorious notes of blueberry and black raspberry, a touch of graphite and spring flowers. The wine is a full-bodied, opulent and impressively made classic Spring Mountain Cabernet that should continue to drink well for 10-12 years.”

94 Points
2012 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

“Craig’s other wines are all AVA designated wines. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain comes from dusty, volcanic soils near the summit of this AVA, at 1,850 feet plus. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit emerge from this dense purple-colored wine. Floral notes are also present. This is clearly a mountain-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, but the tannins are civilized and sweet. This full-bodied, opulent beauty is loaded and can be drunk now, or cellared for 10-15 years.”

92 Points
2012 Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon

“The least expensive wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity, the estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the foothills just south of Stag’s Leap blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. An absolutely stunning value in Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, the wine has an inky/purple color, a big sweet kiss of créme de cassis, spice box, mocha and assorted black fruits. It is full-bodied and ripe with low acidity and sweet tannins. This wine is showy and up front, but has enough stuffing to last 7-10 years or more.”

As always, we thank you for your passion for the wines of Robert Craig Winery. We hope you have had the opportunity to sample our Fall Releases – click here to learn more. The Fall Releases are currently available only to Cabernet Club members, and will be released to others — pending availability — on November 10.