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"Despite comprising less than one acre, the Hermitage clone planted at Crane Vineyard continues to be the dominant force in this vineyard-designate Syrah. Displaying deep purple tones in the glass, this Syrah opens with dense aromas of olallieberry, black currant, and sarsaparilla. An explosive mouthfeel delivers brambly black and blue fruits with suggestions of lavender, sweet cigar, and crushed stone. Aged for 20 months in 55 percent new French oak barrels. Only 200 cases produced."
"Despite being less than one acre, the Hermitage clone at Crane Vineyard continues to be the dominant force in this vineyard-designated syrah. Classic varietal aromas lead the way: dark fruits, lilac, cedar, charcuterie and herbs de Provençe. Dense flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry and black cherry expand with accents of smoked game, dark earth, graphite and cardamom. Grainy tannins bring the wine to a resounding conclusion. A tour-de-force syrah from one of the first vineyards John planted in the Oak Knoll District nearly 25 years ago. "
"Less than one acre of “Hermitage” clone syrah on the Crane Vineyard has become the dominant expression in this wine. On the nose, powerful fresh blackberry, Chambord and preserved fig are followed by black pepper, olive and brisket. The wine is compact and opens up beautifully with time. On the palate dark berry and plum mingle with rosemary, star anise and bacon notes with velvety tannins. The result is a wine of incredible balance: tension and energy, plush and structured, sweet and savory."
"Blueberry, blackberry, pomegranate puree and crushed violet aromas. Inky and sumptuous. Blood orange and exotic spices comingle with rainbow peppercorns and smoked game meats. This syrah is rich and round with a youthful energy. It delivers powerfully with strong and silky tannins that lead to a nearly unending finish. The Crane Vineyard syrah."
“This is the second single vineyard release of our popular Oak Knoll District Syrah, now sourced exclusively from two acres within the Crane Vineyard. Dark fruit aromas and classic Rhone spice. Hints of brown butter with toasty vanilla and clove outline hints of cracked pepper. A powerful wine with structure and great length."
"This is the first single vineyard release of our popular Oak Knoll District Syrah, now sourced exclusively from two acres within the Crane Vineyard. Dark fruit aromas and classic Rhone spice. Flavors are fresh and rich in plum and berry with sassafras and savory spice. A powerful wine with structure and great length."
"Dense purple with an inky/bluish hue, the 2014 Syrah John Anthony offers up notes of pen ink, graphite, blueberry and blackberry, floral notes, well-integrated oak and a full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel. This is big, juicy, full-throttle Syrah that coats the palate, has no hard edges and is a tour de force in Syrah winemaking. Drink it over the next 10-15 years." - Robert Parker
"Powerfully balmy sweet black cherry and blueberry confirm the big structure and flavor profiles of the 2013 vintage. Wisps of sautéed bacon, sage and rosemary intermingle to balance the sweet gummy fruit with a savory complexity. On the palate this is an ample and assertive wine with rich viscosity and bracing tannins. Black and blue berries persist with concentration. Smoked game meat and dried Herbs de Provence linger as the fruit focus has broadened. The nearly twenty-year-old vines have pronounced the character of age. This is a wine of gravitas."
The nose of this inky Syrah captures you instantly with notes of dark, cooked cherries and a savory undercurrent of sage and eucalyptus. On the palate this big wine has a meaty backbone of structured tannins that balance the intensity of the rich, dark berries, plums and cherries. Eighteen months of aging in new French and American oak barrels brings out notes of tobacco, roasted coffee and vanilla on the palate, creating a long, memorable finish for this intense, alluring Syrah.
Seamless from start to finish beginning with aromas of dark cherry and milk chocolate intertwined with notes of toasted vanilla. Flavors of bright cherry then dark berry, plum, coffee and chocolate follow. Well rounded with elegantly woven tannins giving traction and dimension to the lingering flavors on the palate.
- Michele Truchard
"Bold aromas of ripe black cherry, mocha and shale lead to rich flavors of jammy cherry, spicy plum, blueberry, pepper and nutmeg. Intense and focused on dark, ripe fruit it is balanced with interwoven rich and chewy tannins."
- Michele Truchard
"From 30 days of intense frost in spring 2008 to fewer than five in 2009, this vintage was much less eventful for growers who were able to sleep nights not worrying about the threat of frost—or the lack of water to combat it. Late spring rains and June’s warm spell helped curtail excessive canopy development. Instead of a typical growing season’s 14 days of 100°+ temperatures, 2009 counted four or five overall, again reducing the demand for water."
"The New Year began with intense storms which quickly waned; for the second year in a row, Napa Valley received about 60% of normal rainfall. One of the driest springs on record prompted vines to push out early, providing the “perfect storm” for frigid, dry air to create the deepest and longest frost period in decades, threatening the budding vines."
"A bouquet of dried berries, purple potpourri, balsamic and tar. The boysenberry and plum skin fruit flavors are generous and well-integrated with sweet cocoa, cured meats and cooking spices. The body is indicative of the vintage’s generous growing conditions and the texture has refined with age. There noted is harmony between the fruit and spice and the tannin and acid."
"The 2006 harvest finished in early November and will go down as a “grower’s year” as Napa Valley faced a variety of challenges from New Year flooding to spring’s continued wet weather that delayed budbreak. By early June, the sun came out and vines began to bloom and set fruit. In mid-July a record-setting 10-day heat wave struck, but canopies had not yet been thinned and young clusters were shaded from the hot sun. August’s cooler weather continued throughout harvest, allowing for moderately paced and deliberate ripening and a long harvest period. Rain came in the first week of October, but the white varieties were in and the black varieties were not damaged."
"2005’s winter rains took pause for a dry, mild March, then began again with record-setting precipitation late into the growing season, delaying bloom and set. The summer months were cool and pleasant with few heat spikes. Fog and cool temperatures were a concern heading into September as sugar levels were yet to rise in all varieties. Warm, nearly perfect conditions arrived with an Indian Summer making for a later-than-average harvest, providing winemakers with fruit with extended hang and ultimately realizing excellent sugar development and balanced acids with a larger-than-average crop of what could be a signature vintage from Napa Valley."
"The Carneros pedigree in this wine is what inspired us to release a Carneros Gap Syrah from the 2020 vintage. Fragrant dark fruit layered with sweet spices, smoky game and crushed peppercorn. The palate is generous for a wine with this age. Full with soft structure. The progression of flavors is impressive. Brambly red berries to pitted black fruits and sweet olives to licorice root."
"Sourced from vineyards in both Carneros and the Oak Knoll District. Earthy dark fruit and savory meat aromas speak to the characteristics of classic northern Rhone wines. Refined flavors of boysenberry and raspberry layered with savory barbeque, dried herbs and potpourri. The tannins integrate seamlessly and the medium plus acid is indicative of its cool climate fruit."