94 Points - limited
An outstanding new Cabernet discovery from Macauley and winemaker Kirk Venge. Limited.
94 Points Wine Spectator: "Enticingly complex, with nuanced flavors built around a core of dark berry, mocha, licorice and gravelly earth, gaining all the way and ending with a long, sustained finish. Drink now through 2032. 425 cases made."
Robert Parker: This rich, concentrated Napa Cabernet Sauvignon tips the scales at a lofty 15.5% , but not the least bit hot. Dense, dark purple, with plenty of creme de cassis fruit, blackberry and touches of licorice and incense, it is full- bodied, lush, and ideal for drinking over 10-15 years.
Winemaker Nils Venge: "The dedication to stay with some of Napa's most important vineyards in its most important appellations speak to the quality of the wine and sets this offering apart. Masses of dark fruit, complexity and balanced French Oak set the stage for a very enjoyable wine."
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.