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Robert Craig Winery selected by Wine & Spirits Magazine as a "Top 100 Winery of the Year" for 2012!

Robert Craig Winery has been named to the Wine & Spirits "Top 100 Wineries" of the year, it was announced on Sept. 17.  Those wineries from around the world that have delivered "the best overall performances" in the magazine's tastings are selected for this honor.  Vintner Robert Craig will pour two highly rated wines, the 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel and 2009 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, at the W&S Top 100 Tasting on Oct. 17 in San Francisco.  More details will be posted on our website Events page and on Facebook.



We are very pleased to have received both the Napa Green Vineyard and Winery Certifications for sustainable environmental practices from our vineyards all the way through the winemaking process.  The certification applies to our Howell Mountain and Affinity estate vineyards and to our winery facility on Howell Mountain. 

Napa Green encompasses the wine industry's most comprehensive "best practices" for land-use and wine production.  It's a voluntary program administered by the Napa Valley Vintners Association and is certified by independent state and county agencies.

More program details are on the Napa Vintners website, and for an in-depth look at qualifying for Napa Green, go to the Craig Blog.

Green Certificate - Affinity

Green Certificate - Howell Mountain


 2009 Affinity ~ Named one of "Napa Valley's best from memorable vintage" in the SAN  FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Section!

The May 20, 2012 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle's Wine & Food Section features the 2009 vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons highlighted by the tasting panel's "cross-section of Napa's best from a memorable vintage." The panel tasted 60 wines in all price ranges and selected 17 to feature including our 2009 Affinity.  For the article, go to the SF Chronicle website.

"2009 Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($50, 14.5%): Craig has long been an expert in the Napa hillsides, but there's something notably appealing about this blend (Petit Verdot and Merlot make cameos) from the foothills around Mount George in southeast Napa. An enthusiastic dose of oak can't mask great dried-herb and graphite complexity, or its robust bramble fruit character. Big and dense, with a plushness and tea-like herbal side."

2009 Zinfandel ~ Howell Mountain is a WINE & SPIRITS Top Selection!

The April 2012 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine gives our 2009 Zinfandel from Black Sears Vineyard high marks with a score of 95 points. "It's rare for a California wine to smell so distinctly of where it is grown...It has the blackness of coal and caviar, the concentration of tobacco, the floral scent of a rose...the oak enriches the texture and focuses the firm juiciness of the wine. It's powerful but accessible now, suited to ten years of age."  Score: 95

2008 Mt. Veeder Cabernet in WINE & SPIRITS Top Cabernet Selections for 2011!

The 2008 Mt. Veeder is rated in the top 35 of this year's best California Cabernets, in between the $225 Shafer Hillside Select and a $95 Nickle & Nickle Oakville vineyard designated Cabernet.  Complete listings can be found in the December issue. 
Here is the review: "The fresh black cherry flavors of this wine have a cool, foresty tone. They add juiciness to the mineral tannins, mellowing the earthy intensity of the Cabernet grape skins and softening their grip. Air gentles it further, suggesting it will age well for several years, ready along the way for grilled lamb. ~  Score 92" ($70)


2012 Guide To Top-Value Wines in all price categories!

The 2012 F&W Wine Guide to the best quality and value in worldwide wines lists 37 Napa Valley producers, including Robert Craig Winery. We're in great company, considering there are over 450 Napa Valley wineries and over 600 different brands!
You can order this pocket-size guide click here. 
Featured Robert Craig wines are the 2009 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay & the 2008 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.


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