This new second label from Hollwood & Vine Winery is one of the best new Cabs under $40 we've discovered this year. Outstanding!
94 Points Brix26: "This ultra-ripe Cabernet shows the complexity of its multi-faceted origins: bright black cherry and blackberry notes from Oakville and Rutherford dominate the aromas, as Spring Mountain’s trademark ripe plum and cedar/forest floor notes add complexity. Structurally, the wine shows the density of hillside fruit from Mt.Veeder, as well as the supple tannins of the benchland vineyards. The wine has a perfect balance of fruit and tannins, with an intensity and spiciness of the Dalla Valle Maya but its own unique signature."
When making a movie, and there is not enough film left in the camera for another take, we replace the magazine and call the left over film stock "Short Ends." Similarly, after crafting our Hollywood and Vine "2480" wines, we often have a little wine left from each of our world-class vineyard sources, and we blend those "Short Ends" into this remarkable and uniquely delicious Napa Valley Cabernet.
The third 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 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.