A “Shiok” Bordeaux Blend

09_Affinity_Label_highresRobert Craig, 2009 Affinity, Napa Valley 

(86% Cab Sau, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec & 1% Cab Franc)

The winemaker described this wine to have complex fragrance of dark fruits with an underlying crushed granite and floral notes, a flavour that is rich and concentrated, silky and sleek, and a finish that the tannin strided with cigar box spice and pronounced mineriality. Here in Singapore, we felt it was just simply very “SHIOK”. It was delicious to the last drop, although it required our patience in the glass. If you are not, decant it twice will probably do. We are not the only ones that thoroughly enjoyed this wine:

92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity bursts from the glass with an exciting array of dark red berries, flowers, licorice and sweet spices. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding brightness and lift. This gorgeous, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon should continue to drink beautifully for at least a handful of years. In 2009 the blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.” (12/ 2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar “(includes some merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec): Good full ruby-red. Crystallized black cherry, coffee, mocha and loam on the nose, lifted by spices. Broad, smooth and tight-grained, with lovely intensity and lift to the flavors of black fruits, licorice and dark chocolate. Finishes with dusty tannins and a firm spine of acidity.” (5/ 2012)

90 points Wine & Spirits
“Grown in the foothills of Mount George, this is mostly cabernet sauvignon (82 percent) with petit verdot, merlot and small amounts of franc and malbec. It’s a broad, richly oaked wine, packed with cherry-scented fruit holding robust tannins. Unyielding for now, this needs two or three years for the tannins to mellow.” (4/ 2012)

Wine Spectator
“Tight, with a gritty edge to the tannins. Offers refined flavors of intense dark berry, spice, herb and cedar. Best from 2013 through 2023.” (11/ 2012)

Enjoy this “shiokness” with this really good deal: $82 nett/btl or $79 nett/btl (for purchase of 6 btls and above) (UP: $89)

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