A delicious nose of mélange of dark black berries, dark-roast espresso and hints of anisette opens up to reveal underlying warm mineral notes, cassis, violets and spice. Signature black and red fruit flows freely across the palate, entwined with more espresso, dark chocolate, and touches of violet and licorice. A warm mineral component echoes the wine's foothills heritage. Firm, supple tannins along the base of the wine keep the luscious fruit aloft through a generous finish, bolstered by crisp acidity
"Robert Craig's 2008 Affinity, which is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, has a dark plum/ruby color, a very evolved and forward nose of spice box, cedar, black plums, and sweet cherries. It is medium-bodied, elegant, and ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.
I looked at the three blends from the Robert Craig Winery in 2009, the Affinity, Mt. Veeder, and Howell Mountain, and this looks to be a seductive vintage of forward fruit. They do not have the weight, exuberance, and flashiness of the 2007s, but these mid-weight wines exhibit loads of charm, silkiness, and no doubt, plenty of consumer appeal.
The Wine Advocate