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 2017 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.
Savory aromas of black olives, charcoal, dried blueberries and leaves. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Concentrated dried-berry flavors with crushed gravel on the finish.JD90
The entry-level wine, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec. Aged 18 months in 70% new barrels, this deeply hued blend is a plush, medium to full-bodied effort that has plenty of black fruits, tobacco, chocolate, and dried spice-like aromas and flavors. It shows the austerity in its tannins that's common in the vintage yet offers plenty of fruit as well as purity.