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2015 Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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As with Robert Craig's other 2015 Cabernets, Affinity is startling for its sheer size and weight. The older vines deliver classic black raspberry, licorice, espresso bean and crushed stones in the nose and on the palate. The tiny yields are responsible for the intensity of the color and structure this year. The Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec help to give the Cabernet Sauvignon a lovely plushness and roundness in the middle. This beautiful wine should show well upon release, but a year or two (or a decade) of cellar time will help the wine show its best.
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2015 Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Robert Craig Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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. -Winery

ANTONIO GALLONI RATING: 91

ANTONIO GALLONI REVIEW: The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is soft, open-knit and delicious, all of which will make it easy to drink and enjoy with minimal cellaring. Dark cherry, chocolate, spice and floral notes all meld together. Emerson Brown's Napa Valley Cabernet is often a terrific value, as it is once again in 2016. There is so much to like here.

JAMES SUCKLING RATING: 94

JAMES SUCKLING REVIEW: Very pretty stones, oyster shell, blueberries and underbrush character. The palate is very composed with lots of bright, tangy fruit, grainy tannins and a minerally yet at the same time fruit-driven finish. A unique wine. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. Drink in 2020 even if delicious now.


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