Salvestrin Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Italian immigrants John and Emma Salvestrin fell in love with St. Helena while visiting friends in the early 1920's. In 1932 they purchased a portion of the historic Crane Ranch, including the Victorian home of Dr. Crane. With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, they started selling grapes as the wine industry began to grow again. Ed Salvestrin, who grew up on the family vineyard, continued to grow quality grapes through the 60s, 70s and 80s preserving the family legacy for future generations. He still lives on site and frequently tends to his fruit trees (apples, pomegranates, grapefruit, persimmon) when he’s not helping out in the vineyard. In 1987, Rich Salvestrin completed his degree in viticulture from Fresno State University. He returned to the family vineyard to help farm and also to expand the family's grape growing business to include winemaking. 1994 was the inaugural vintage of Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon and in 2001 the estate winery was constructed amongst the family vines. Today, the fourth generation Salvestrin girls are growing up on the family vineyard.
Black cherry and blackberry are the first aromatics to shine through on this elegant Cabernet. Full bodied and rich, the tannins are firm yet refined, commanding a robust plush quality. Hints of barrel spices reveal a slight toastiness, which is complemented by cigar box, leather, and plum on the back end.
|Region||California, Napa Valley, St Helena|
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and an earthy nose with kirsch, black berries, cassis and baking spices plus cigar hints. The palate is medium to full-bodied, plush, intense and earthy, finishing long and spicy.
James SucklingThis shows classic Dr. Crane character with burnt oranges, hot stones but also pressed violets and oyster shell. A fine-tuned, linear texture buttressed by tight tannins defines a full-bodied palate with vibrant acidity and a mineral-driven finish. A blend of 88% cabernet sauvignon and 12% merlot.
Jeb DunnuckFrom a gem of a vineyard in St. Helena and a mix of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard Estate offers a fresh, complex bouquet of plums, blueberries, gravelly minerality, and incense. It's more focused and streamlined compared to the Three D release (which is a 2015), has terrific purity of fruit, medium body, and good length. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.
Wine EnthusiastThis wine is blended with 9% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, then aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak. Woody cedar, pencil and oak lead to strong components of dried herb and black currant, the texture grainy and possessed of lasting grip.
Wine SpectatorWell-built, with a solid core of cassis and cherry reduction flavors, wrapped in warm tobacco leaf and cocoa notes. Reveals a light savory hint throughout, giving this lift and range. Fleshy finish. Best from 2020 through 2028.