Textbook's 2012 "Page-Turner" Proprietary Red is a small-production discovery from the heart of Napa Valley's Oakville District, sourced from a vineyard next to Screaming Eagle. Try this small-production gem while it's still available.
The Oakville District is the heart of Napa Valley and renown for its very finest Cabernet Sauvignon. And for good reason. Its gravelly soils, warm days and cool nights give this Bordeaux variety everything it needs to reach perfection. The Textbook 2010 "Page-Turner" Proprietary Red is a Merlot-based wine much like some of Bordeaux' top cuvees, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blended in. Textbook's 25+ year experience has shown again and again that a blended wine is almost always a superior wine; witness Grande Marque French Champagne, Vintage Port, First-Growths, Petrus, Penfolds Grange. With this in mind, they created "Page-Turner", and believe it is so good you simply can't put it down - just like a great book.
The name "Page-Turner" came from the Pey's 13 year-old daughter who loves to read. "Page-Turner" is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, each contributing unique elements. Each year the exact percentages will change, but Vintage 2010 is 40/40/20. The Cabernets in the blend come from the same source as TEXTBOOK "Mise en Place" situated next door to Screaming Eagle on Oakville's east-side.
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.