2004 Crane Brothers Brodatious Crane Ranch Vineyard Napa Valley

Crane Brothers Brodatious Crane Ranch Vineyard Napa Valley

Michael and Rob Crane spent top dollar developing their nine pristine acres on Napa's Oak Knoll, planting largely to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. It's a spot that's attracted the elite of Napa, wineries like Caymus and Lewis. Why? Because the vines enjoy cool breezy evenings, allowing the Cranes to stretch out the growing season. This lengthy season, combined with hand farming, allows the grapes to develop intense flavor, color, and aroma.

Harvest in 2004 started in early September but continued into mid October, with the harvesters coming out to the vineyards in the early morning to pick the grapes by hand in the coolest part of the day. Then, the Cranes put the grapes in the hands of winemaker Al Perry, famous for his work at cult producer Robert Biale Vineyards. With Perry performing micro-vinifications before aging each part in 50% new French barrels, the Cranes set about creating a unique proprietary blend off the estate, a wine that would set them apart.

Crane Brothers Michael and Rob
Crane Brothers Michael and Rob
Deep purple in color, this wine shows intense aromatic notes of blackberry, blueberry, and bakers chocolate. On the palate, subtle hints of licorice, mocha, dark fruits, and spice emerge. There's great structure and persistence here, along with wonderful texture.

This Brodatious will be a wonderful choice with steaks. Go grass-fed, if you can, and top it with a pat of herbed compound butter.

Tasting Notes
Two very impressive wines from Crane Brothers, my favorite is the 2004 Brodatious, a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and a little Syrah (which is somewhat un-Bordeaux-like). The wine shows good blackberry fruit intermixed with some licorice and pepper, chocolate, and tar. Front-end loaded with loads of rich fruit, it is seductive, sensual, and best drunk in the next 6-8 years.
90 points--Robert Parker, Wine Advocate