Tasting Notes: Powerful opulence. The 2015 GB Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with layered aromatics of overripe cassis, blackberries and plum. Shades of tarragon, sage and fragrant Californian chaparral follow closely. The entry is, as expected, rich and lush with a balanced mid-palate rife with juicy stone fruit, black cherries and traces of graphite, clove and licorice. The soft, refined tannins bring the experience to a slow, elegant close—flavors persisting at length.
Winemaker Notes: “Opening with soft aromatics of a wild blackberry patch, pencil shavings and ripe fig, the nose evolves into a more nuanced melange of violets, fresh sepia pasta and salad nicoise. Vibrant and energetic upon entry, the vintage’s elegant qualities continue with a refined mid-palate of dark berry fruits, a touch of licorice and dark chocolate. The robust tannins – a result of the estate’s alluvial soils – will develop and mature well into the next decade.”
Robert Parker 98 Points: “Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 5% Petite Sirah, the GB Crane Cabernet Sauvignon (Crane Vineyard) is deep garnet-purple in color and scented of cassis, black cherries and warm plums with touches of pencil shavings, wood smoke, fertile soil and yeast extract with a waft of menthol. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness with intense flavors, finishing long. 299 cases produced. “