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Crane Family Vineyards

Crane Family Vineyards
2016 Don Raffaele Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Crane Family Vineyards
2016 Don Raffaele Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of blackberry cobbler, raspberry, and fire-roasted bell pepper with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length tiramisu finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Juicy berries burst out of the glass in this rock solid cabernet that will please a variety of tastes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: blackberry cobbler, raspberry, and fire-roasted bell pepper
Taste Flavor: tiramisu
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Juicy berries burst out of the glass in this rock solid cabernet that will please a variety of tastes.

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.