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Crane Family Vineyards

Crane Family Vineyards
2011 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$65.00
Cellar Selection

Crane Family Vineyards
2011 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Opaque dark bright violet color. Lively, spicy, attractive complex aromas and flavors of artisanal chocolate drizzled berries and coconut, roasted green pepper, olives, and spicy pickle with a soft, bright, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long cassis tart, eucalyptus and herbs, roasted root vegetables, and menthol mint finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fantastically complex combination of rich dark fruit, spicy oak, and rampant savoriness.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, juicy & smooth, oaky, rich & full, savory & spicy
Aroma Aroma: artisanal chocolate drizzled berries and coconut, roasted green pepper, olives, and spicy pickle
Taste Flavor: cassis tart, eucalyptus and herbs, roasted root vegetables, and menthol mint
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Filet Mignon, Wagyu Beef With Cabrales Blue Cheese, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fantastically complex combination of rich dark fruit, spicy oak, and rampant savoriness.
The Producer

Crane Family Vineyards

The Producer
1051 Borrette Ln
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-259-0175
Cabernet Sauvignon
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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.