G.B. Crane Vineyard 2014 "El Coco" Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley
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The 2014 GB Crane “El Coco crafted by Dave Phinney is a blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers up rich aromatics of dark stone fruits and soft French oak that mingles together to frame a very sophisticated entry with more than ample weight. The bright mid-pallet is replete with waves of concentration
Robert Parker 95 Points: "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."
Dave Phinney: "Life is an endless procession of surprises. The expected rarely occurs and when it does, make sure to erase it from your memory because it's highly unlikely to repeat itself. That should be the definition for farming and more specifically grape growing. When we first purchased a portion of the iconic Crane vineyard it was mainly because of the four acres of ancient Zinfandel that are a St. Helena landmark. Of course, we knew there was Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and two rows of Merlot as well, but we considered these a bonus, if you will. That all changed the first time that we tasted the Cabernet in the fermenter. The young wine was massive. It had huge amounts of brambly black fruits and tons of weight on the mid pallet. The color was an amazingly dark violet hue. The aromas were so sophisticated for a wine of this age. We were dumbfounded.... in a good way. Immediately we began the discussion of what barrels to use, how long to leave it on the skins, etc… etc. It was a pleasurable panic. Grown men acting like a couple of giddy school girls. Eventually we calmed down and just enjoyed the moment. We welcomed the surprise. Now three years later we welcome you to enjoy this surprise, our surprise. Because none of us know when it may come again."
High tones of ripe cherries and cassis come together and coat the mouth in richness. The finish is broad and expansive. This youngster lingers elegantly for over half a minute!
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