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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.
Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, is a fairly priced Napa beauty. A sweet core of black currants, black cherries, graphite and toasty oak emerges from this wine along with velvety tannin, lots of personality and a background floral note. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.