' Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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2008 Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon

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About This Wine:
2008 Release Notes
Power and grace define this classic Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Craig's estate vineyard in the foothills south of Stag's Leap . The 2008 blend remains predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Petit Verdot added for deep, concentrated flavors and a touch of Malbec introduced for further weight, complimented by silky Merlot and Cabernet Franc spice. The result is an intense, deeply satisfying, full-bodied wine that will reward with further bottle age.  The blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.

10-Year Retrospective Tasting Notes
The youth and vibrancy of this wine wowed us all. The color is still deep purple and blue/ black. The wine gives up classic La Londe Vineyard espresso, dark chocolate, licorice and floral scents and flavors. This must be one of the great collectible bargains of all time. The once stiff tannins have turned round and supple in perfect harmony with the fruit.

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Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2008
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition:
82% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Petit Verdot
7% Merlot
1% Cabernet Franc
1% Malbec
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: Sept. 9 - Oct. 29
Sugar: 25.6° Brix
Acid: .58
PH: 3.82
Aging: 18 months in French oak, 60% new and 40% second year; unfined and unfiltered
Ageability: 20+ years
Bottling Date: May 2010
Alcohol %: 14.5%
Tasting Notes:

Aroma: A delicious mélange of dark black berries, dark-roast espresso and hints of anisette opens up to reveal underlying warm mineral notes, cassis, violets and spice.
Flavors: Signature black and red fruit flows freely across the palate, entwined with more espresso, dark chocolate, and touches of violet and licorice. A warm mineral component echoes the wine’s foothills heritage.
Firm, supple tannins along the base of the wine keep the luscious fruit aloft through a generous finish, bolstered by crisp acidity.

Vineyard Notes:

The foundation for Affinity is Robert Craig's estate vineyard and an adjoining property to the south of Stag’s Leap, in the southeastern foothills of Mt. George. The rocky soils and Bordeaux-like growing conditions produce distinctive black-red Cabernet fruit with hints of currants and violets. The fruit is hand-picked in small lots, each of which is kept separate during fermentation and barrel aging before the final blend.


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