The Crane Assembly 2019 Disciples 

 April 10, 2024

By  rackhouse

The Crane Assembly was founded in 2012 by friends Dave Phinney, Darryl Browman, Kevin A. Fox, and Byran Sandoli when they purchased one of Napa Valley’s historic viticultural landmarks. An eight-acre vineyard that was planted by the famous Dr. George Beldon Crane. Located in the gravel rich soils of southern St. Helena, it is believed that Dr. Crane first established grapes on this site in 1885, making it one of the oldest vineyards in Napa Valley.

Of the eight acres in production, approximately four acres are a combination of Crane’s original plantings and some newer, 1930’s “mixed blacks” plantings. This four-acre block has been continuously farmed for nearly one hundred and thirty years by a number of different people. In addition to the G.B. Crane Vineyard’s old vine section, there is also a 1.6-acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.4-acre block of Petite Sirah, and two rows of Merlot.

From their estate, they produce two wines, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a field blend born from G.B. Crane’s original plantings named el Coco. In addition to their two estate wines they craft a third wine, a zinfandel blend from heritage vineyards found throughout the Napa Valley named Disciples.

With only 120 barrels of Disciples produced, this bottling can change slightly from vintage to vintage, however it maintains the rigid backbone of Zinfandel year over year. This offering is comprised of 45% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 14% Charbono, 10% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 6% Grenache, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

With this vintage you’ll find aromas of cranberry, cherry, graphite, and forest floor. Those same red fruits liven up even more on the palate and finishes with a toasty, oak intergraded tannins and a subtle tone of vanilla.

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