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Robert Craig Cellars Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • RP92
  • WS90
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Winemaker Notes

The Affinity hallmarks are fully present in aromas of deep black-red fruit, classic cassis and espresso bean, underlain with crushed granite and dusty rose petal. Smooth and sleek on the palate, this balanced wine is loaded with character, presenting intense dark cherry and black plum, lovely cassis, earthy notes of crushed rock and a bracing minerality. Ripe, round tannins are nicely integrated, promising further complexity. The finely-knit flavors build toward a finish of great lift and length, with nothing out of place. Dense fruit leads the way, followed by cigar box spice, black currant, and graphite.

Critical Acclaim

ST 93
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.

RP 92
The 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.

WS 90
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.

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Robert Craig Cellars, , California
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.

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