We love Robert Craig wines for their structured, noble, mountain-grown Cabernets that are built to last. The “Affinity” comes from Mount George, AKA Coombsville, just east of Napa proper. The 2015 Affinity is a barnburner, proof that you don’t have to spend $100 and up for a great 15-20-year star of your cellar. Rich, tannic, this coats every corner of the palate with black Cabernet fruit that persists through an opulent finish. Stellar!
Back in 1992, when Robert Craig founded his eponymous winery, wines from the mountain appellations of Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, and Diamond Mountain weren’t nearly as fashionable as they are today, or as polished and drinkable. Craig was a visionary in a sense, not only because he recognized the inherent value of mountain fruit, but because he insisted on making wines that could also show well on release. No easy task. Even today the vineyard team at Robert Craig works hard to make sure every row they’re picking is optimally ripe, a key factor in avoiding tannic, green wines. Our hat is off to them and to Stephen Tebb for making such beautiful reds.
Very pretty stones, oyster shell, blueberries and underbrush character. The palate is very composed with lots of bright, tangy fruit, grainy tannins and a minerally yet at the same time fruit-driven finish. A unique wine. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. Drink in 2020 even if delicious now