Robert Craig 2016 The Stick Red
The wine is dense, deep and powerful in the tradition of Howell Mountain’s best offerings. This small-lot, single vineyard offering is meant for collectors seeking a precise expression of unique terroir.
This carries a very toasty and spicy edge that makes for a modern impression on the nose with brightly ripe blue fruit as the central theme. The palate has a very polished, fresh and energetic feel with ripe blackberry and blueberry flavors holding long and fresh. A blend of 65 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 30 per cent merlot and five per cent malbec. Drink or hold.
The 2016 The Stick is blended of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals notes of chargrill, tapenade, rubber, wood smoke and scorched earth with a core of crème de cassis, stewed plums and herbs. Medium to full-bodied and packed with fruit, it is firm and chewy with loads of savory layers coming through on the finish.