As champions of the finest wines, we measure California’s wealth in her heritage vineyard sites. Like the oldest vines in the To Kalon vineyard, like the famous Monte Rosso vineyard, and like the heirloom vineyards cared for by producers like Turley or Bedrock or Detert, you can’t reproduce those flavors with any amount of winery magic. Vineyards with this remarkable history and legacy are rare, and the wines they produce are nothing short of precious.
A group of friends (winemaker Kevin Fox, and friends, Bryan Sandoli, Darryl Browman and Dave Phinney) teamed up with a common goal to preserve this piece of viticultural history and produce a wine that both represented and respected that history. Of the eight acres in production, approximately four acres of old vine Zinfandel are one of G.B. Crane’s original plantings. Yes, that means that this four-acre block has been continuously farmed for nearly one hundred and thirty years. The site also boasts a 1.6 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.4 acre block of Petite Sirah, and two rows of Merlot. In 2013, all of these blocks were vinified separately and aged in 100% French oak. After a year in barrel the individual wines were assessed and the blending process began. The result is a wine that combines the vibrant warmth of the Zinfandel with the power and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. And as it does so perfectly, the Merlot adds a silky, polished texture that gracefully completes the long finish.
G.B. Crane Assembly El Coco 2013 $74.99
Rich aromatics of dark stone fruits and soft French oak mingle together to frame a very sophisticated entry with more than ample weight. The bright mid-pallet is replete with waves of concentration. High tones of ripe cherries and cassis come together and coat the mouth in richness. The finish is broad and expansive and lingers elegantly for over half a minute.
47% Old Vine Zinfandel
42% Petite Sirah
2% Cabernet Sauvignon
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