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Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 3.08.54 PMWhat is a Cuvee? Why not a Meritage? This may not be true about Robert Craig but they do not have his winery listed on their website, but a Meritage is a community that a winery can join. My assumption is that a lot of wineries use the word “Cuvee” because they didn’t join the Meritage society. The society is a group who came together when the ATF was requiring that you have 75% of a grape in a bottle to label it that. They also wanted to come up with their own term to compete and be like Bordeaux.

Now with that short history lesson, we have the 2012 Robert Craig St. George Cuvee, which the bottle says is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The winemakers notes online say 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. Maybe they put last year’s sticker on? Anyways, I got this wine from an Underground Cellars deal. This wine runs about $30. I paid $2 more but when you get other free upgrades it is worth it. Here are the notes from the winery:

Great wines are all about selection. Most wineries in the Napa Valley and in Bordeaux(notably excepting the producers that must cater to shareholders’ expectations) are forced to make hard financial decisions with the gallons of rarefied juice that miss the cut for the estate wines. At Robert Craig Winery, the lots are often worthy of being included in primary cabernet offerings, yet they don’t quite fit the blend. It’s sometimes too much Cabernet from one block, or too much Cabernet Franc (or Merlot, or Petit Verdot) than we need for the blend. Rather than sell these excellent wine lots to a competitor, we chose to do something for ourselves and our best customers: we blend up a delicious salute to Bordeaux. Sometimes Left Bank, sometimes Right Bank, Mt. George Cuvee won’t break your piggy bank. Don’t let the less expensive glass and the screw cap fool you, this is a major league wine and our first vintage, 2005, is doing beautifully in the cellar.

SEEK OUT … … if you have yet to light a cigar with a $100 dollar bill.

AVOID … … you can’t remember “lefty loosey, righty tighty.”

Interesting sense of humor. So how was it?

Color – Dark Purple.

Nose – Blackberries and spice; maybe nutmeg.

Taste – Leather, Blackberries and Blueberries, and just a hint of licorice.

Finish – Medium with medium acid with big bold smooth tannins.

Overall, this is a very nice wine and probably one of the best I have had under screw top. Obviously, at $30 it isn’t completely unreasonable but it does feel a little cheap with the screw top. But the contents under it are just amazing. It is bold and complex but easy to drink on it’s own. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good blend.

Rating: A-

~Justin