At a little over 6 ½ years of age, (still a youngster unless you’re a dog, then it’s more like 45 years) this wine has matured so very gracefully. Pouring the wine into the glass immediately releases a flood of aromas that hearken you to be prepared for the suburb wine you are about to sip. Sipping is key as you want this wine to go on for a long time.
Once sipped, you are enraptured by the big bold fruit notes swirling in your mouth, yet not so much as to be, what I consider, jammy. The wine has softened its tannins to create a luxurious mouthfeel culminating in a long and satisfying finish to the wine. Almost at once, beckoning you to pick up your glass and renew that intoxicating feeling you just experienced.
A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc and seeing 18 months in Chateau-style French oak; 65% new and 35% 2nd year, it is also unfiltered and unfined. “Affinity” is Robert Craig’s homage to a Bordeaux style wine. This was to be the last “Affinity” that was blended from various vineyards, although most of the grapes for this wine still came from what is now Craig’s “La Londe” Vineyard located just south of Stag’s Leap, nestled in the Mt. George Foothills on the eastern side of the Napa Valley. Since the 2013 Vintage, “Affinity” is now 100% Estate Grown and a Single Vineyard designate wine. On top of all that, 2012 was the beginning of a string of excellent vintages that occurred in Napa Valley.
Robert Craig produces a series of Single Vineyard Cabernets as well as a Merlot, Zinfandel, a red blend of Syrah and Grenache called Côte de Craig (kinda obvious a play on Côtes du Rhône), a Rosé, and last but not least a Chardonnay, sourced from vineyards, the proprietor of those vineyards being Bill Price from Price Family Vineyards, known for Three Sticks, Lutum and Head High wineries, as well as his participation in Kistler and Gary Farrell.
While the 2012 Vintage is unlikely to be found, the more recent vintages of 2014 and 2015 should be available with a suggested price of around $70.