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2016 THE CRANE ASSEMBLY “DISCIPLES” RED WINE
Forged from ancient vines dating back to the 1880’s, and including the iconic Morisoli and Milat vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena, Crane Assembly Disciples was named for these vineyards which can be considered “disciples” of the ancient vines of G.B. Crane, which the winery owns. The G.B. Crane vineyard was originally planted around 1885, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley… The 2016 release is incredibly appealing and comes layered with wild raspberries, black cherries, clove and incense. The wine was masterfully blended by winemaker Kevin Fox and consulting winemaker Dave Phinney, and with a 93 Point score from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, I wouldn’t wait too long to assemble your case.
Absolutely thrilling to swirl and taste, this wine has every quality that I look for in an ancient vine Zinfandel Blend. The final blend includes bits of Charbono, Grenache and Petite Sirah which enhance color, depth and structure. The 2016 is bursting with pristinely focused, seductive fruit and is incredibly hedonistic on the palate as flavors continue to expand throughout the extremely long finish.
2016 THE CRANE ASSEMBLY “DISCIPLES” RED WINE, NAPA VALLEY
From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 13% Charbono, 6% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2016 Disciples is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with gorgeous notions of hoisin, Black Forest cake, prunes and potpourri with hints of black pepper, unsmoked cigars and cloves. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and oh-so-spicy, it fills the palate with decadent fruit and a plush texture, finishing with a lively lift.”ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS
THE CRANE ASSEMBLY DISCIPLES 2016
PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY
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Goosebumps on the very first sip of the crane assembly disciples 2016, and the first thought that popped in my head while tasting this … CINDER … anyone out there remember that intense Charbono Zin Blend… As you know, the 2016 Napa Vintage has all the critics going Ga-Ga, and this BEAST also reminds me of one of my favorite phone calls from a VIP Texas Gentlemen…
“Ed, I want a Red that will just Punch Me Right in the Mouth!”
This one is for you, Sir… and Fans of BIG NAPA BLENDS will want a case or two of this one before it’s gone… friendly heads-up, this one will not last very long. Cheers, Ed ~ your wine broker