Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The well-drained gravelly loam soils of this St. Helena valley floor vineyard produce fruit with trademark notes of sweet cassis, flinty mineral and scorched earth. We harvested fruit from the 12-year-old vines on October 20, hand sorted at the winery and fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts. After two and a half weeks of skin contact, the wine was drained and tranferred to New Taransaud and Darnajou French Oak where it experienced full malolactic fermentation. Aged in oak for twenty months, this wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The aromas of our 2009 Knights Bridge Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon are loyal to its provenance with a cassis and black fruit core, mingled with stones and smoke. The length and very sweet tannins on this wine make it irresistible. Flavors of dark fruit, fresh-turned earth, smoked meats and tobacco cascade through the long, sleek finish that just seems to linger forever.
This is our most definitive expression of the Dr. Crane vineyard to date, an unmatched study of dense, dark, saturating fruit tempered by intriguing minerality and shadows of scorched earth and spice. The power and purity in this wine is thrilling.
Average Age of Vines: Twelve years
Harvest Dates: October 20, 2009
Cases Produced: 198
Food Pairings: Pair with roasted game, smoked meats and caramelized onions.
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