- Featured in the May 2010 Silenus Vintners Wine Club
- Retailed for $110
This supple wine offers a spicy nose of graphite, sage leaf, sweet pipe tobacco and a rich undertone of roasted nuts. Silky notes of kirsch, freshly picked cherries and mocha dance throughout this graceful wine. Our Dr. Crane boasts the best expression of a top Napa Cabernet with the refinement of a classic Bordeaux. This wine will cellar well and evolve over the next 12-15 years.
- Kirk Venge, Winemaker
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Dr. Crane Vineyard, St. Helena
We are thrilled to have this amazing vineyard as part of our portfolio. This 25 acre gem is found in St. Helena and owned by Andy Beckstoffer who has carved his reputation upon his appreciation for meticulous farming and movement toward sustainability. Originally planted in 1858 by Dr. George Beldon Crane this historic vineyard produces some of the most sought after Cabernet in Napa Valley. A component in our flagship Blend 26 Reserve Cabernet, Dr. Crane is a notable Cabernet worthy of single designation.
The fruit is hung on the vine until it reaches its optimum ripeness of both flavor and Brix (measured sugar concentration). It is then carefully hand harvested early in the cool hours of the morning into .5-ton macro bin boxes.
Carefully de-stemmed, the whole berries are moved to tank for a five day cold soak period prior to the onset of fermentation. Total fermentation time was 22 days in open top tanks. The barrel program is 100% tight grain new French oak for a total of 27 months.