2014 The Crane Assembly "Disciples" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The other two cuvées include the 2014 Disciples Proprietary Blend Composition, which is made from 93% Zinfandel and 7% Petite Sirah. This is a larger cuvée of 1,400 cases that tips the scales at 15.7% alcohol. The Zinfandel plantings date from the 1880s and were better known as the source for Biale’s Old Crane Zinfandel. This wine displays spicy, peppery steak tartare, roast Provençal herbs, and briary black cherry and blackberry fruit. It has terrific body, length, richness and viscosity. It is a sensational Zinfandel to drink over the next 5-7 years. The winemaker behind these magnificent wines is Dave Phinney, working from the Dr. George Beldon Crane Vineyard, which was first planted as a site in 1885. At that time it was largely a blend of grapes often referred to as "mixed blacks." There are now eight acres in production, four containing the original plantings and the rest planted from 1930 onward. Phinney and a group of his friends purchased the vineyard in 2012. These notes reflect what they’re doing to date and serious consumers should be thrilled. (RP)
2014 marks the inaugural vintage of this wine, which includes fruit from vines up to 100 years old grown at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range. Winemaker Kevin A. Fox describes it as a strong, classic Zinfandel, with "aromas of briar fruit and wild strawberries... complemented by hints of wet forest floor and high mountain forest. The entry gives way to a rich and textured mid palate of Mexican chocolate, brambly raspberry and a lengthy, caramelized crème Anglaise finish."