2010 Robert Craig "Affinity" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1118903 93 points 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. (ST)  (5/2013)

92 points 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)  (12/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 **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.  (9/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (8/2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2014 | Send Email
Rich, intense and well-proportioned, with spicy currant, cedary oak, dried berry and black cherry flavors that are elegant and stylish, focused and persistent. Drink now and over the next five years.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2013 | Send Email
A big wine full of juicy complex fruit that has accents of vanilla from oak aging.The Affiniy is a Bordeaux style blend that is complex with a lot going on in it. In short, a fun yet serious wine.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.