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Community Tasting Notes (28) Avg Score: 94.8 points

  • Decanted for an hour and a half then consumed over two nights. It has been nearly two years since I approached this wine. It has improved in flavor profile and finish, but there remains something about the style that goes against my grain. I can't really express it well, but the wine feels stylistically manufactured rather than artisanal. I admittedly found it to be delicious but ever so clean with the structure too well hidden. Too pretty? It definitely resonates a more feminine treatment of the grape, and maybe that is my problem since I view Cabernet in more masculine terms. Oh well, still a very nice bottle. Night one was my preference as everything was in bold and underlined whereas night two was softer across the board.

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  • This rich and viscous Cabernet is drinking fine at the moment, but it has a rawness and extraction that I can only hope will even out in time. Ruby red in color, full in body, nose of boysenberry, embers, and fresh pine, with a whiff of red Jolly Rancher (no flavor determinable, just "red"). Tastes of blueberry pie, prune, cocoa powder, and cough syrup, with a grainy finish. 15.1% alcohol. Decant at least two hours, though preferably wait another year or two..

    If there was a Mike Smith Fan Club, I would be a member. This wine has the power he - and Crane - can provide, with incredibly ripe and round fruit. At the same time, the wine has a rustic texture and obvious extraction (csimm's most recent review is right to call it boozy in the early going) that make it less enjoyable than most of his wines. Maybe it's an awkward phase; maybe it's an awkward wine. I won't complain about a solid bottle of Crane Cabernet for $125, but I had hoped for more. 93+ at the moment.

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  • Thick and viscous. Took a while to open up. This needs another 5 years in my opinion to integrate and level off a bit.

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  • Last minute pull. Still a good idea to hold on to these for a couple/few more years in hopes of best capturing the heightened complexity this wine potentially has to offer.

    PnP was a singular push of gushing red, blue, and black berry fruit, cassis, baking spice, and vanillin alcohol. This needed over two hours of air to start finding its glide, develop a deeper mid-palate, and blow off a bit of the booze lingering on the tail end.

    Indeed very flavorful in the primary fruit department, showing obvious signs of upside potential with more time to unravel its stuffing. Additional in-bottle integration is needed to flush out its flavors and display a fully integrated profile. Certainly a wine that promises to reward with a bit of patience. Try again in 2021/2022++.

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  • It's pretty amazing how much better the Elysian is of this wine for my pallet. While the nose offers all those hallmarks of a great Crane wine, with floral notes just bursting from the glass accompanied by fresh blueberries and deep minerality, the pallet just doesn't compare to the big brother. This starts off a bit reticent and almost seems a bit old school, but give it a few mins and the fruit starts to roll in like a freight train. Very extracted, but doesn't show the depth of flavor like the Elysian. A bit more "simple" and far less sophisticated in my opinion. It's still very nicely expressive and a fun ride, but it seems fairly one dimensional and overly fruity without the complexity and overall structure I'd like to see. Not sure where this one will go once the fruit has receded, so I'd suggest popping it in the next couple of years max.

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    Napa Valley Trilogy: 2014, 2015 & 2016-Part1 (Dec 2016), 12/1/2016, (See more on Vinous...)

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