2010 Robert Craig "Affinity" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright red-ruby. Inviting aromas and flavors of cassis, bitter cherry, mocha and fresh herbs. Sweet, dense and nicely concentrated, offering both a fine-grained texture and rather suave tannins. The long finish is firmed by a mineral component. This is much easier to taste today than the two "mountain wines" and is the top value in the portfolio this year.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tar, licorice, scorched earth and incense are some of the many notes that burst from the glass in Robert Craig’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity. This is an especially dark, brooding wine loaded with character. The relatively large presence of Petit Verdot is felt in the wine’s baritone fruit and muscular personality. This is without question a highly intriguing wine, but it needs a few years for all the elements to harmonize. The 2010 is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. (AG)
**Cellar Selection** Complex and well-structured as always, Craig’s ’10 Affinity is a good followup to their ageable 2009. It’s dry, tannic and elegantly structured, with a firm minerality anchoring blackberry and plum fruit flavors. Don’t drink it now; give it until 2018 to let it begin to express itself.
Marked by an edge of dusty, loamy earth that gives the currant, anise and cedar a drying edge, yet the finish lingers and the flavors are pure and persistent. Drink now through 2024.
When I think of a wine that offers great value that I buy year after year, the Robert Craig "Affinity" is one, no doubt. Robert Craig was a pioneer of the appellation system in Napa Valley. Early on, he realized that each mountain range in Napa Valley, with its unique soils and microclimates, imparted different flavors, textures, and styles to their respective wines. We now refer to these appellations as Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain, Spring Mountain and Mount Veeder. The Affinity comes from vineyards located on Mt. George, south of Stags Leap, and it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The wine displays fantastic fruit, silky tannins, wonderful energy and perfect balance. (Alex Pross, K&L Wine Club Director)