Robert Craig

"Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to be in mountain vineyards, where the true character of a great Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from the distinctive soils and climate of those high elevations." ROBERT CRAIG Vintner Emeritus

Founded in 1992, Robert Craig Winery is situated along the summit ridge of Howell Mountain at 2,300 feet of elevation. We specialize in small-lot, mountain grown cabernets that feature their shy bearing growing sites in the finished wines. In conjunction with our winery's neighboring vineyard parcel, we own more than 100 acres of Howell Mountain property and farm 35 planted acres there of the finest cabernet variety vineyards anywhere in the world. In addition to the two Howell Mountain vineyards, we own and farm 17 acres of hillside vineyard for our Affinity Cabernet in southern Napa Valley on the lower slopes of Mount George. We also produce a small amount of Mount Veeder, Spring Mountain District, and Diamond Mountain District cabernet from tremendous vineyards in those respective AVA's, each of which is situated above 1,850' in elevation.
Our winery founder, Robert Craig, has been farming mountain cabernet in the Napa Valley since 1980, and he was a key player in the formation of the Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain AVA's. In this tradition, our small winery continues to produce complex, cellar-worthy cabernet sauvignons from mountain vineyard sites in the Napa Valley. Each successive vintage gives us an opportunity to honor these rare growing sites and Bob Craig's pioneering efforts to introduce people around the world to the unique intensity of mountain grown cabernet sauvignons from the Napa Valley.

For Robert Craig, winemaking always begins with the vineyards -- more specifically, with his belief in the crucial importance of vineyard location in producing wines of tremendous depth and character.

By concentrating on small quantities of wine from distinctive Napa Valley mountain vineyards, he has been able to create wines that reflect the impact of "terroir," or the combination of soils, climate and viticultural characteristics of the growing locale.

Our winemaking philosophy builds upon the best that the winegrowing appellation has to offer. The goal is to let each wine's special personality and unique qualities shine through.

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Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 “This subtly tarry blend of 80 percent cabernet sauvignon with merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot, offers a nicely resolved array of blackcurrant aromas and flavors with fine and fresh tanins. Drink or hold.”   BLEND: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 7%
Item Number: 33391
Case: $359.70

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 “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,

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 “Aromas of ripe fruit, walnuts and dark chocolate with some cloves. Full body, chewy tannins and a extracted finish. Lots of phenolic character. A little old school in style this year, but it shows promise. Better in 2020.” ~J.S.  Wine Advocate 92 Delicious black raspberry and

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "The blueberry and blackberry aromas are prevailing here with a spearmint and fresh herb undertone. Full body, chewy tannins and slightly austere now, but will be even more flavorful and beautiful in a year or two.” ~J.S.  Wine Advocate 93+ "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "The least expensive wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity, the estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the foothills just south of Stag’s Leap blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. An absolutely stunning value in Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa,

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
91  International Wine Cellar 
Antonio Galloni Vinous 92 "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity is the most accessible of the 2011 Cabernets I tasted from Robert Craig. Iron, smoke, tobacco, underbrush and a swath of dark fruit flow across the palate as the 2011 opens up in the glass. The Affinity has a little more inner

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "Tar, licorice, scorched earth and incense are some of the many notes that burst from the glass in Robert Craig’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Affinity. This is an especially dark, brooding wine loaded with character. The relatively large presence of Petit Verdot is felt in the wine’s

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Robert Craig 92 "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

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
96  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 96 "The 2007 Affinity exhibits more graphite, but in essence is similarly elegant, with supple tannins (although more velvety than in the 2006), very young, primary black and blue fruit notes, and superb concentration, texture, and length. This is an exceptionally promising wine that

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
89  Wine Advocate 
 Wine Advocate 89 "Robert Craig's 2008 Affinity, which is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, has a dark plum/ruby color, a very evolved and forward nose of spice box, cedar, black plums, and sweet cherries. It is medium-bodied,

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
92  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 92 "The 2006 Affinity is a steal for a high-quality Napa Cabernet-based wine (actually 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot). This wine displays floral, blueberry, and black currant notes intermixed with some subtle oak and a hint of coffee

Robert Craig 'Affinity' Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"Tight and firmly structured. . .with a chewy mix of tannins and cedary oak. . .spicy currant, herb, tar and black olive notes. . .the fruit pours through on the finish. . .Drink now through 2012."

Robert Craig Affinity 2005
90  Robert Parker 
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot   Robert Parker 90  "The most well-balanced of this trio is the 2005 Affinity. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by sweet cassis, toasty oak, graphite, and spice notes offered in a medium-bodied, elegant, Margaux-like