Rare Reserve Cabernet from Delectus. Limited.
96 Points Robert Parker: "The Cabernet Sauvignon French Wedding is another blockbuster with an inky/purple color, but with slightly softer tannins than the Boulder Falls or the Bear Crossing. Sweet and rich, with notes of crème de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spice box, this full-bodied, thick, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon will be ready to drink in 7-8 years. Unlike its siblings, Boulder Falls and Bear Crossing, this should only have 30+ years of aging potential! Delectus Winery is going against the prevailing winds in trying to make wines for future generations. Kudos to them."
The second vintage of Dave Phinney's Disciples Red, the 2015 has arrived. The new Prisoner! Limited.
previous vintage 94 Points Robert Parker: "The Disciples Proprietary Blend, which is made from 93% Zinfandel and 7% Petite Sirah tips the scales at 15.7% alcohol. The Zinfandel plantings date from the 1880s and were better known as the source for Biale’s Old Crane Zinfandel. This wine displays spicy, peppery steak tartare, roast Provençal herbs, and briary black cherry and blackberry fruit. It has terrific body, length, richness and viscosity. It is a sensational Zinfandel to drink over the next 5-7 years."
From the new winery The Crane Assembly, the Disciples 2014 Red has quite a back story. In August of 2012, four friends (Dave Phinney, Darryl Browman, Kevin A. Fox and Bryan D. Sandoli) stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard and it was just in the nick of time...they picked the grapes the next morning. Since that first year wines were made from our G.B. Crane Vineyard under the el Coco label and the GB Crane label.