(From 2006 Vintage) 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Merlot 1% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot. Heady perfume of ripe black cherry and currant with black tea spice and violet notes. Bright and abundant dark fruit and black currant liqueur are intertwined with sweet spice box licorice and violets. Opulent black cherry drives the lively long-lived finish. A rich multi-layered Cabernet that balances power with finesse. The 2004 vintage Affinity is a Cabernet-driven Bordeaux blend that showcases the power and richness of Napa Valley hillside fruit backed by an underlying band of round ripe tannins. Luscious fruit flavors read more...of great depth and purity are hallmarks of Affinity along with integrated tannin structure for long-term aging. (hide)
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Immediate full body Napa blackberry, current etc., note of acidty remains ...nicely full throught palate range...smooth. Very well-rounded... maybe be better in 3-6 yrs.
Also drank 2011--Blend:CS, M, CF, PV, MB with flavors of mocha, black cherry, warm spices
smooth real easy to drink
Appellation AmericaWinemaker Robert Craig produces wine from hillside grapes on Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder. The grapes for this wine come from the latter region at elevations of up to 1,800 feet. The contours of the 26-acre site offer typical Mount Veeder terrain with multiple hillside exposures and changes in elevation of up to 400 feet. The well-drained sandstone and blue slate soils provide for growing small berries, with yields from one to three tons. Typical of the AVA, this wine is very dark in color with lots of chocolate-peppermint nuances. The blackberry fruit is sweet and bright and the wine is balanced read more...with good acidity. It’s a bit astringent at this point, attesting to its youth. So, hold it for a couple of years and drink it over the ensuing 15. The listed alcohol is high at 14.9 percent, but because of the concentration of the fruit, that aspect is mitigated. The wine was aged for 20 months in French wood, 75 percent of which was new, with the rest having seen two harvests. There were 1,665 cases made. (hide)