Robert Craig Cellars Affinity 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Bordeaux-style Cabernet blend from the southeastern foothills of Mount George, which also features Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Hatched from the cabernet-infused mind of Bob Craig in 1993, this Bordeaux-inspired wine is a blend of the Left Bank Five (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec) with Cabernet Sauvignon commanding the lead on the dance floor. The Cabernet Sauvignon from this hillside property is unusually racy, and mineral laden, even for a boulder strewn, Napa Valley vineyard. The addition of the other four Bordeaux varieties is necessary for the depth, dimension and layers that are present in the wine each vintage; Petit Verdot for color, Malbec for weight, Cabernet Franc for structure and Merlot for luxurious mouthfeel.
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity is the most accessible of the 2011 Cabernets I tasted from Robert Craig. Iron, smoke, tobacco, underbrush and a swath of dark fruit flow across the palate as the 2011 opens up in the glass. The Affinity has a little more inner sweetness and perfume than the two other Cabernets, but it finishes with the a similar sense of overall structure. I would give the 2011 at least a few years in bottle for the tannins to start softening. This is a terrific showing."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"(14.5%; from this producer's lowest-altitude, highest-yielding vines in 2011, but still a moderate 2.8 ton per acre): Bright medium ruby. Aromas of black plum, dark cherry and mocha are complicated by musky, smoky spices. Silky and sweet but with good juicy clarity and lift to the perfumed flavors of raspberry, black cherry, menthol, tobacco and peppery herbs. Finishes with rather suave tannins and very good verve and sneaky length. The best value in the 2011 portfolio."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, is a fairly priced Napa beauty. A sweet core of black currants, black cherries, graphite and toasty oak emerges from this wine along with velvety tannin, lots of personality and a background floral note."
The Wine Advocate
- 6/8/2014 (9 items) (viewed 3 times)
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