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2014 The Crane Assembly 'el Coco'Blend from United States


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  • 95 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"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."

Product Detail

Item # 98239
Country United States
Region California
Sub-Region Napa

95 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2014
Color Red
ABV 15.7%
Varietal(s) Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
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