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Robert Craig 2007 Affinity Cabernet

Robert Craig Affinity

While walking through the Cabernet section of my local liquor store this weekend, I spotted a familiar name; Robert Craig.  I say familiar as I recognize it based solely on the fact that I have treated myself in the past to some Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet and fell in love.  The Howell Mountain Cabernet sparked enough interest that I quickly purchased a few more bottles to store in the cellar as well as one as a gift for my sister’s wine cellar, but I still did not do my normal research to find out more about the winery.  I have no problem paying for quality wine, but I do reserve any wines over $50 for special occasions, so when I happened upon a 2007 Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet under that price mark, I became quite excited.  I was sure Robert Craig could not possibly make a bad wine based on my prior experience.  Well, once I looked past the label and saw the advertising tag on the shelf, apparently Robert Parker does not think Robert Craig can make a bad wine either. Parker gave this new Napa Valley Cabernet a very generous 96 points.  As I sit here swirling and sniffing and tasting, I realize I need to designate an area of my wine cellar for more Robert Craig wines…this Affinity is outstanding!  This Cabernet is a real treat still within a range that fits into the tighter budgets of 2010 while the economy is still trying to recover.  Not to say any of the Mt Veeder or Howell Mountain Cabs should be overlooked, just saying if you are watching your budget these days you can indulge in a fantastic Napa Valley Cabernet without guilt. Composed of 79% Cabernet, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.  Aged 16 months in French oak, the wine offers lots of ripe berries and oak on the nose, with luscious fruit flavors mixed with cocoa and a very full, yet polished finish.  In my opinion worth every bit of the accolades the wine has been given.  In looking over the offerings from Robert Craig, I see there is also a Cuvee and a Zinfandel that I would love to try. I think my next trip to the Valley has to include a visit to Robert Craig.

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