Wine Review | Robert Craig 2009 Affinity, Napa Valley
I’ve had the ’09 vintage of Robert Craig’s “Affinity” before, but it recently caught my attention at my local Costco -priced at under $40! I couldn’t pass it up.
The blend on the 2009 Affinity is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 2 % Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc.
Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator had estimated the wines maturity to occur between 2012-2013 and 2017-2023. While there is quite a bit of difference on the back end of that estimate, they are very close on the start. As I write this post it is about halfway through 2013 and this wine is definitely coming into its own right now.
The nose is quintessential Napa. espresso, cocoa, with floral hints from the Cabernet Franc . The palate is rich, dark and robust. Plum and cherry with a solid backbone of tannins provided by the Petit Verdot.
I sampled this over a 24 hour period. Enjoying the first half of the bottle with grilled Filet Mignon and baked potato with all the fixings. On the second night I had it just by itself, before dinner. The wine definitely opened up by the second night, which is not to say it wasn’t ready to drink on the first night. On the first night I decanted for 15 minutes only.
Retail price on this wine is about $55. You can expect to pay $80-$120 at a restaurant.
Weekly Wine Journal rating: 96 points