The 2005 Crane Brothers Cabernet is dark ruby in color. The nose is opulent with black cherry and currant, with subtle hints of mint and floral notes that keep the fruit from being overly dominant. The palate echoes the nose, yet is lighter with Bing cherry and red currant, along with plum and a vaguely herbal lift on the finish. There is a small amount of Merlot (10%) blended in, which is probably the source of the plum, as well the lush mouth-feel. Thanks to the cool hillside microclimate, this Cabernet is rich and powerful, yet clocks in at just 13.8% alcohol, which results in a beautifully precise, balanced and elegant wine that lingers on the palate. This is definitely a ripe wine, but it is also varietally true, capturing the essence of Cabernet: power and finesse. Thanks to the low alcohol level, this will pair with a wide variety of food, and it is also great with soft, rich cheese.
We have all heard it said that you can’t get good Cabernet from Napa for less than $50. Wines like this prove that this is simply not true; there are still family producers out there paying close attention to small vineyards and making beautiful, expressive wines. And when you go through WineHeist, you can get them for under $30! This is a great bargain, and you’ll be happy you have some on hand the next time someone says Napa wines have to be expensive.
Grape Sourcing: Crane Ranch Vineyard, Oak Knoll Appellation
Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Merlot
Winemaking: Hand harvested in cool morning hours Fermented in small temperature controlled tanks Hand sorted & cold soaked for 48 hours
Harvest Date: October 27th
Cooperage: 20 months of aging in French Oak barrels (60% new oak)
Production: 297 Cases
Crane Brothers Napa Valley Wines are all estate grown, single vineyard, and very small production from the family owned Crane Ranch Vineyard. Third generation Napa Valley natives Michael and Robert Crane and winemaker Al Perry have made great wines together since the 2001 vintage. Located in The Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley, the 9 acre, organically and sustainably farmed Crane Ranch Vineyard is planted on bench land and hillside, above the valley floor. The unique microclimate of warm sunny days and cool breezy evenings, along with our custom hand farming, allow our Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot grapes to develop intense flavor, color, and aroma.
Our richly flavored, full bodied wines are hand crafted and aged only in French oak barrels. Production is limited to less than 400 cases annually of each of our four wines: Syrah, Merlot, Hillside Block Cabernet Sauvignon and Crane Brothers Brodatious.
Learn more at www.cranebrotherswine.com