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Salvestrin 2018 St. Helena Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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*Wine Spectator #9 Wine of 2021*

Three generations of the Salvestrin Family have been selling grapes to from their Estate Vineyard in Napa Valley to the best Cabernet producers which now goes into their own wine. The Dr. Crane Cabernet from a legendary vineyard is produced in tiny amounts - limited.

95 Points Wine Spectator: "Bright and fresh, with lots of red currant, plum and black cherry fruit notes driving along nicely, while a subtle tug of iron runs underneath. Late floral and warm earth flashes on the finish add more range and contrast. Focused, detailed and really well built. Best from 2022 through 2035."

94+ Points Robert Parker:  "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it strides confidently out of the glass with notions of crushed black and red currants, ripe blackberries and black raspberries plus hints of dried Mediterranean herbs, tilled soil and pencil lead. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of crunchy black and red berries, framed by firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with loads of minerals and an herbal lift.

Rich Salvestrin’s grandparents arrived in St. Helena in the 1920s, having fled Italy and the ravages of World War I. In 1932, they purchased part of the ranch started by George Belden Crane in 1858. The property has farmed vines since Crane’s time and is considered one of Napa’s most historic vineyard sites. Today, Salvestrin owns 19 of the remaining 50 acres of the Dr. Crane Vineyard, along with Crane’s original house (converted into a B&B). Winemaker Natalie Winkler was hired in 2017. She started a shift to organic growing practices in the vineyard and has shown a deft touch with the grapes, emphasizing a red fruit and mineral profile that relies on purity.

 





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