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The Crane Assembly 2016 G.B. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The Crane Assembly 2016 G.B. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The Crane Assembly 2016 G.B. Crane Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

The 2016 G.B. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a manifestation of the year’s welcomed change after the drought-affected 2015 vintage. A prolonged, wetter winter pushed the growing season later and longer, allowing for more development of complexity and concentration within each grape. Harvested just after daybreak on September 27th, 2016, the wine evokes the spirit of the historic vineyard and the ancient alluvial deposits on which it sits.

Layered aromatics surface one at a time and blend seamlessly into the next—licorice and tobacco, cassis and cacao, black tea and cigar box. Structured and endearing, the entry is evocative with flavors of ripe blueberry pie and a touch of fennel, evoking a convivial nostalgia. Lingering, the finish rides on mouthwatering tannins, tantamount to semi-sweet baking chocolate.




84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Sirah



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California – Napa Valley 

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The Crane Assembly is centered around a unique eight-acre vineyard located in the gravel rich soils of southern St. Helena. It is believed that George Beldon Crane, or simply G.B. Crane, first established grapes on this site in the year 1885, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Although records are scarce, it was most likely planted as a field blend commonly known as “mixed blacks”. This field blend traditionally consisted of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, and a smattering of lesser-known grape varieties such as Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre and Valdiguie.

Of the eight acres in production, approximately four acres are Crane’s original plantings. This four-acre block has been continuously farmed for nearly one hundred and thirty years by a number of different people…and now it is our turn to take on that responsibility. In addition to Crane’s old vine section, there is also a 1.6 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.4 acre block of Petite Sirah, and two rows of Merlot.  

We are very proud of these wines and the history and tradition they represent. We encourage you to visit the vineyard and allow us to share with you all that it means to us.

Dave Phinney | Darryl Browman | Kevin A. Fox | Bryan D. Sandoli

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