2014 The Crane Assembly 'el Coco'Blend from United States
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- 95 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The third blend Dave Phinney and winemaker Kevin Fox are turning out is the El Coco Proprietary Blend Composition. The 2014 is 45% old vine Zinfandel, 41% Petite Sirah and 14% Merlot. There are 490 cases for this vintage. It is a spectacular wine, with an opaque purple color and a big, sweet kiss of pen ink, graphite, blackberry, blueberry and violets. Its supple, sweet tannin is amazing, and the wine builds incrementally to reveal terrific viscosity, fruit intensity and extraction, with a savory spiciness. This is a stunner to drink now and over the next 15+ 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."
95 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||jam, blueberry, black pepper, cherry, plum, boysenberry, cranberry, licorice, dark berry fruit, high tannin, currant, black cherry, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast and tar|
|Nose||candy, vanilla, oak, smoke, tar, musk, mushroom, spice, currant, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, jam, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather|