Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

96 Points

Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Issue Date: 28th Oct 2016

227, The Wine Advocate

The 2012 G. B. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon Composition is a slightly different blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 1% Petite Sirah. This is an even bigger wine at 15.7% natural alcohol, but of course, that’s part of the 2012 set of characteristics. Spicy oak intermixed with crème de cassis, blackberry and blueberry along with some chocolate and espresso are all present in this wine, which has great intensity, a multi-layered mouthfeel, fabulous purity and length, and a boatload of glycerin that gives the wine an unctuous texture. Again, there’s no heaviness. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 20-25 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.

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