Three Cherries on a One-Armed Bandit
Just opened this wine and after 7 years. Still stunning!!!
-- Maureen from Huntington Station, NY
Eloquent. That is the first word that comes to mind when describing this wonderful wine. It is complex and beautiful, and will leave you wishing for more!
-- Connie from Anoka, MN
So sorry I didn't order more. Absolutely wonderful! Took it to dinner at my son's and we all agreed it was one of my best choices in wine!
-- Martha from York, PA
Michael and Robert Crane had been drinking a bit too much of their silky estate grown reds, playing around with a myriad of blends, smelling, tasting … and swallowing. By the time they finally stumbled upon the perfect balance in the assemblage, they were feeling little pain. That's when the name game began.
First it was Robert Parker who dropped a rave review on "Brodatious," calling it "seductive and sensual." A year later, the Cranes smoked the competition at the San Francisco Chronicle tasting, earning gold. Since then, Al Perry's powerhouse blend has blessed our pages five times. The reviews and ratings that followed lit up the WineAccess scoreboard like three cherries on a one-arm bandit. 535 members rated "Brodatious" 4 stars. 223 came in at a perfect 5.
The entire property is just 7 acres, set smack dab in the middle of the Golden Triangle, an Oak Knoll oasis long favored by the likes of Caymus, Lewis and Duckhorn. It was John Truchard's vineyard crew that first planted the Cranes' parcel, selecting low yielding clones. Then winemaker Al Perry instructed Truchard to do something few others do in Oak Knoll.
In July 2009, Truchard's team dropped fruit, pumping more nutrients into fewer bunches. When the summer then turned cool and mild, the vines were nursed to near-perfect phenolic maturity. The harvest was completed a week before the rains of October 11th and 12th hit. Perry claims it's the finest harvest he's seen off the property. After spending a couple hours with the 2009 Brodatious in oversized Riedel, we see no sense in arguing with Al.
The 2009 Brodatious is a gem. Deep purple/black to the rim with classical crushed black fruit aromas, laced with new wood cedar, the attack is explosive, offering gobs of blackberry/boysenberry concentration, violets and a faint hint of licorice. Drinking beautifully right out of the gate. Still, the sneaky tannin backbone argues eloquently for 5-7 years of cellar slumber.