Affinity (A FIN’ I TE) N.
1. The perfect unity of components sharing a special origin.
Hatched from the cabernet-infused mind of Bob Craig in 1993, this Bordeaux-inspired wine is a blend of the Left Bank Five (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec) with Cabernet Sauvignon commanding the lead on the dance floor. The Cabernet Sauvignon from this hillside property is unusually racy, and mineral laden, even for a boulder strewn, Napa Valley vineyard. The addition of the other four Bordeaux varieties is necessary for the depth, dimension and layers that are present in the wine each vintage; Petit Verdot for color, Malbec for weight, Cabernet Franc for structure and Merlot for luxurious mouthfeel. The fruit is hand picked and hand sorted, then kept in separate lots during fermentation and barrel aging. The resulting cabernet has an affinity for braised meats, grilled fish, hearty pastas, good books, fireplaces and summer evenings on the patio.
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||Oct 2 - Nov 3, 2011
||18 months French oak
||April 24, 2013
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The core of our Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from our estate
vineyard in the foothills of Mount George on the southern end of Napa
Valley’s Vaca mountain range. The yields almost always fail to reach three tons per acre (that’s very low for you non-farmers!) and the soils are
unusually rocky and sparse. The vines are in their third decade of existence, and that makes for great concentration and a sense of origin in the resulting wine. Affinity Cabernet displays a charm in its youth each vintage due to the harmony brought forth in blending, but the structure offered by the volcanic soils means that this wine will reward patience in the cellar.
2011 was cold and wet in the spring, cool in the summer, and cold and wet at harvest. With long hang times, a short crop, and well drained soils, the 2011 vintage wines are an expression of growing site more so than in riper years. The mountain and hillside vineyards of Napa Valley produced wines which are deep, inviting and terroir-infused in an unusual vintage.