2010 Library Tasting Notes:
Complex, nuanced and so youthful. The low pH from our La Londe Vineyard has kept tremendous nerve in the wine while the fruit is still showing in a big way. This could easily pass for a top flight Margaux. Juicy entry, clean and bright with lots of life, cherry and cassis, fresh acidity with supple and integrated tannins.
Created by Robert Craig in 1993, this classic Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Craig's estate vineyard in the foothills south of Stag's Leap is always predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon. Petit Verdot is added to the blend for deep, concentrated flavors and a touch of Malbec introduced for further weight, complimented by silky Merlot and Cabernet Franc spice. The fruit is hand-picked, hand-sorted and kept in separate lots during fermentation and barrel aging. The blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Decanting is recommended.
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||September 28 – November 3
||18 months in Chateau-style French oak barrels, 65% new and 35% second year; unfiltered and unfined
Aroma: The Affinity hallmarks are fully present in aromas of deep black-red fruit, classic cassis and espresso bean, underlain with crushed granite and dusty rose petal.
Flavors: Smooth and sleek on the palate, this balanced wine is loaded with character, presenting intense dark cherry and black plum, lovely cassis, earthy notes of crushed rock and a bracing minerality.
Finish: The finely-knit flavors build toward a finish of great lift and length, with nothing out of place. Dense fruit leads the way, followed by cigar box spice, black currant, and graphite.
Our separate Affinity estate vineyard was established in the 1990’s as the foundation for this blend. Located to the south of Stag’s Leap in the southeastern foothills of Mt. George, the vineyard’s average yield is 2.8 tons/acre. Elevation: Varied foothill elevations and exposures. Soils: Sparse, rocky alluvial. The area’s moderate growing conditions produce a full-bodied wine of great power and elegance.