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 2016 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. Need something to go head to head with your favorite porterhouse steak?
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.
This subtly tarry blend of 80 per cent cabernet sauvignon with merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot, offers a nicely resolved array of blackcurrant aromas and flavors with fine and fresh tannins. Drink or hold.