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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Robert Craig Cellars Affinity 2009
Robert Craig Cellars Affinity 2009
(search item no. 122462)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Affinity estate vineyard is located to the south of Stag's Leap, in the southeastern foothills of Mt. George. The Bordeaux-like growing conditions produce concentrated black-red Cabernet fruit that provides the foundation for a full-bodied wine of great power and elegance.

The 2009 Affinity has a complex fragrance of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and dark espresso, with underlying crushed granite and floral notes of dusty rose petal and violets. The rich, concentrated black and red fruit flavors are wide and deep. Sleek, silky tannins bring substantial weight to the mid-palate, topped with layers of cassis, graphite, roasted coffee and violets. The sweet tannins stride down the finish, bringing along black pepper, cigar box spice and a pronounced minerality. This is a dense, racy and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, perfect for a ribeye. Decanting is recommended.

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc

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About Robert Craig Cellars:

Robert Craig Winery showcases four Cabernet Sauvignons produced from Napa Valley mountain and hillside vineyards, including Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate vineyard, Affinity, a classic Bordeaux-style Cabernet, and powerhouse Cabernets from Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain. Each wine conveys a unique personality derived from the soils, climate and varietal characteristics of the growing region. Robert Craig has been a pioneer in mountain vineyard development for over 30 years. During the 1980s, he directed vineyard and winery development on Mount Veeder. Robert Craig wines debuted in 1992. The winery facility is located at 2300 feet atop Howell Mountain, with a Tasting Salon in Downtown Napa.