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Crane Family Vineyards

Crane Family Vineyards
2015 Don Raffaele Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$65

Crane Family Vineyards
2015 Don Raffaele Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas of plum preserves, berry custard, sassafras, spice cookies, and artisan cola with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long pencil shavings, toasted challah, and cream puff finish with heavy oak flavor. A dreamy Napa Cabernet with creamy oak and sultry spiced fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, New World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: plum preserves, berry custard, sassafras, spice cookies, and artisan cola
Taste Flavor: pencil shavings, toasted challah, and cream puff
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dreamy Napa Cabernet with creamy oak and sultry spiced fruit.

The Producer

Crane Family Vineyards

The Producer
PO Box 2067
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.