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1014 Clinton st
Napa, CA 94559
707 226 7671 tel
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Just behind the St. Helena High School, there is a heritage, head-trained, eight-acre vineyard planted by legendary Napa pioneer George Belden Crane (Dr. Crane) in the 1800’s. These deeply-rooted historic vines are embedded in ground that was formed over millennia as soil and gravel washed down from the Mayacamas Mountains via Sulphur Creek to the western flank of St. Helena. G.B. Crane, realizing the similarity of gravelly soil conditions to other great wine regions, was the first in the valley in 1861 to plant European varietals, including Zinfandel and later Petite Sirah, in his pioneering efforts to produce fine wines.

Recently this eight-acre vineyard was purchased by a group of friends (Winemaker Kevin Fox, Bryan Sandoli, Darryl Browman and Dave Phinney) just days before the 2012 grapes were harvested. As well as the four-acre old vine section there is also a 1.6 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.4 acre block of Petite Sirah, and two rows of Merlot. All of these blocks were vinified separately and aged in 100% French oak. After a year in barrel the individual wines were assessed and the blending process began. Some barrels made the cut and others didn't. The result of this blending process is a wine that combines the vibrant yet stoic fruitiness of the Zinfandel with the power and structure of Petite Sirah. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Merlot, which adds a silky texture that gracefully completes the long finish.

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