Robert Craig Cellars Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity is succulent with a generous personality, filled with plenty of sweet red cherry, spice and new leather.
This Bordeaux-style blend stands up to rich fare...think Filet Mignon or roasted rack of lamb. But its natural elegance also gives it an affinity for more subtle dishes such as roasted chicken or pasta Bolognese.
The 2013 vintage marks Robert Craig's 20th anniversary of producing Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon. It is also the first vintage of Affinity bottled as a 100% estate grown, single vineyard selection from the winery's La Londe Vineyard. The primary mission at Robert Craig Winery is to produce wines that feature pure site expression. While the soul of Affiinity has always come from La Londe Vineyard, the winery now is able to capture the essential, focused identity of this extraordinary site.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "The ultra-rich 2013 Robert Craig Affinity is simply outstanding—a description of the wine would almost be anticlimactic. Everything seems to be in perfect synchronization—ripe fruit, clean earth, dried leaves and a light touch of oak. This seamless wine is already drinking quite nicely, but give it time and the rewards will come. (Tasted: August 4, 2016, San Francisco, CA) "
James Suckling - "The blueberry and blackberry aromas are prevailing here with a spearmint and fresh herb undertone. Full body, chewy tannins and slightly austere now, but will be even more flavor and beautiful in a year or two."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity has an inky purple color that is much more saturated than its two predecessors. This is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. This is a richer style of wine with much greater density, power and intensity. Opaque to the rim with more tannin, extract and muscle, this is more of a long-term proposition, so I'd suggest giving it 2-4 years of bottle age, and drinking it over the following 20 years.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity is succulent and open-knit in personality, with plenty of sweet red cherry, spice, new leather and mint pushed forward. There is a lot to like in the 2013. Best of all, readers won't have to wait too long as the Affinity is already pretty open."
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Robert Craig Cellars Winery
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. View all Robert Craig Cellars Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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