Robert Craig Affinity – High End Napa Cab Under $40
Robert Craig’s Affinity bottling really got on the map after Robert Parker awarded it 96 points in the 2007 vintage. I bought 4 bottles without tasting it. I’ve only had one and I’m very happy with the purchase. It’s an exceptional wine.
That wine is long since sold out but, having drunk both pretty recently, I actually think the 2009 is drinking better today. Time will tell which ends up as the better wine, but today the 2009 is a massive Cabernet with a ripe nose of dark fruit with a background of oak. But where this wine really stands out from other Napa cabs in the price range is the velvet texture and exceedingly long, highly nuanced finish. A true Bordeaux-like elegance exists with Affinity, which makes since because it’s grown just south of the Stags Leap District in a cooler part of Napa. I’ve drunk several Margaux recently and this wine could easily pass as one in a blind tasting.
Robert Parker’s (more picky) protege, Antonio Galloni gave it 92 points. I’m very impressed by this wine and will be tracking down some more when my budgetary probation is lifted.
Update from night 2: This is a very serious wine that opened up significantly with some air.
Buy Here: 2009 Robert Craig Affinity $39.95
Wine Advocate 92 points
“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity bursts from the glass with an exciting array of dark red berries, flowers, licorice and sweet spices. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding brightness and lift. This gorgeous, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon should continue to drink beautifully for at least a handful of years. In 2009 the blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. ” (WA)
International Wine Cellar 91 points
“(includes some merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec): Good full ruby-red. Crystallized black cherry, coffee, mocha and loam on the nose, lifted by spices. Broad, smooth and tight-grained, with lovely intensity and lift to the flavors of black fruits, licorice and dark chocolate. Finishes with dusty tannins and a firm spine of acidity.”