The Crane AssemblyG.B. Crane 'The Disciples' Red 2018
Dave Phinney, who brought to us his great wines under Orin Swift - think Papillon, Mercury Head and Prisoner - became co-founder of G.B. Crane Vineyards, a heritage vineyard located in St. Helena's west bench. It is a true testament to Dave and winemaker Kevin Fox's ability to making powerful Reds. The backbone of the 2018 Disciples Red Wine comes from the Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford and the Tofanelli Vineyard in Calistoga. The Morisolis been farming their plot of land for 5 generations, dating back to the 1890's. The Tofanellis have been farming their ranch since 1929 and grow some of Napa's most coveted field blend varietals. It is a blend of 49% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 10% Charbono, 9% Grenache, 7% Syrah and 6% Merlot. They consider these vineyards to be like disciples of the ancient vines of Crane, and some barrels from their G.B. Crane vineyard were included in the blend. "Strawberry preserves leap from the glass initially, followed by a bouquet of floral aromatics: lavender, violets and roses. Rich earthy notes of freshly plowed soil, fresh rain on warm granite and petrichor. Spicy, but not a peppery spice, more of a star anise spiciness and tart raspberries, with a very long, dusty finish of strawberry cream, vanilla and caramelized sugar that lingers.... smooth and luscious!" - G.B. Crane winemaking team.
- AppellationNapa Valley