The Crane Assembly G. B. Crane Vineyard el Coco Red Blend 2014

$74.99

Limited new Cabernet from Dave Phinney's new winery The Crane Assembly - limited. 95 Points Robert Parker: "The third blend Dave Phinney and winemaker Kevin Fox are turning out is the El Coco Proprietary Blend Composition. The 2014 is 45% old vine Zinfandel, 41% Petite Sirah and 14% Merlot. There are 490 cases for this vintage. It is a spectacular wine, with an opaque purple color and a big, sweet kiss of pen ink, graphite, blackberry, blueberry and violets. Its supple, sweet tannin is amazing, and the wine builds incrementally to reveal terrific viscosity, fruit intensity and extraction, with a savory spiciness. This is a stunner to drink now and over the next 15+ years.... ...The winemaker behind these magnificent wines is Dave Phinney, working from the Dr. George Beldon Crane Vineyard, which was first planted as a site in 1885. At that time it was largely a blend of grapes often referred to as “mixed blacks.” There are now eight acres in production, four containing the original plantings and the rest planted from 1930 onward. Phinney and a group of his friends purchased the vineyard in 2012. These notes reflect what they’re doing to date and serious consumers should be thrilled."   From the new winery The Crane Assembly has quite a back story.  In August of 2012, four friends (Dave Phinney, Darryl Browman, Kevin A. Fox and Bryan D. Sandoli) stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard and it was just in the nick of time...they picked the grapes the next morning.  Since that first year wines were made from our G.B. Crane Vineyard under the el Coco label and the GB Crane label.

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Ratings on Delectable

Shawn R Delectable Pro

45% Old Vine Zin, you would never know it.

45% Old Vine Zin, you would never know it.

9.3

Shawn R Delectable Pro

Despite the Noles getting beat, this bottle was a crowd pleaser.

Despite the Noles getting beat, this bottle was a crowd pleaser.

9.2

Shay A Delectable Pro

@Shawn R ...WELL DONE! This was part of a trio of wines that Shawn and I swapped. He was swooning over this and said it was a must try. Now I see why. This is a Dave Phinney wine and though you can taste his style, it's more elegant than The Prisoner (similar blends in that this is majority zin! Would not of guessed it). Ton of blackberries upfront on the nose...small spice to it and a rockin cedar/smokey note. On the palate, surprising acidity. Not overpowering from a tannic standpoint at all, even as a '14. Vanilla, toasted oak, blackberry jam. Shawn sent this as I told him my wife likes the jammy and bold zins...home run, Shawn!

@Shawn R ...WELL DONE! This was part of a trio of wines that Shawn and I swapped. He was swooning over this and said it was a must try. Now I see why. This is a Dave Phinney wine and though you can taste his style, it's more elegant than The Prisoner (similar blends in that this is majority zin! Would not of guessed it). Ton of blackberries upfront on the nose...small spice to it and a rockin cedar/smokey note. On the palate, surprising acidity. Not overpowering from a tannic standpoint at all, even as a '14. Vanilla, toasted oak, blackberry jam. Shawn sent this as I told him my wife likes the jammy and bold zins...home run, Shawn!

9.4

Scot Walker

Very smooth fruit forward wine

Very smooth fruit forward wine

8.9

Nathan Rogers

This is a fantastic wine. Bone-in Ribeye on the Big Green Egg with loads of chimmichurri and a couple glasses of this could not have been more perfect. This is what Zinfandel is capable of in the right hands!

This is a fantastic wine. Bone-in Ribeye on the Big Green Egg with loads of chimmichurri and a couple glasses of this could not have been more perfect. This is what Zinfandel is capable of in the right hands!

9.0

David Schiraldi

Classic Napa cab, underpriced

Classic Napa cab, underpriced

9.4

Michel Holland

Great wine, hurrah for D. Phinney

Great wine, hurrah for D. Phinney

9.4

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