We last encountered Robert Craig Affinity in June of last year with the 2005 vintage. The 2006 arrives a bit early, but we’re not ones to let good wine sit idle.
This year’s Bordeaux-style Napa Valley blend is more “ready” than the 2005, a racier, spicier wine, very fruity and laced with exotic spice like cinnamon and allspice. There’s chocolate in the body, too. It all comes together in a very delicious and easy-drinking way. Give it 15 minutes in the glass before you start gulping it down.
The blend is less Cabernet-heavy this year: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot.
2006 was a considerably smaller vintage than 2005 in California, but if Affinity is any judge, more attention has gone into selection and careful quality control. Though it’s a bit early to judge for certain, ’05 is considered a fantastic year and ’06 somewhat less so, but I think these wines are show very well, particularly for drinking young.
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