The Crane Assembly G.B. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is an attractive, mid-weight wine. Forward, fruity, and open-knit, the 2014 is best enjoyed over the near and medium-term. There is plenty of presence, but 2014 is also clearly a work in progress for Crane Assembly.
Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon G.B. 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.
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.