The 2019 3D Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the premium Dr. Crane fruit we have the privilege of growing and making into wine. Fruit forward and voluptuous, this wine sings with notes of blackberry, subtle spice, and vanilla. The mouth-feel is seamless, elegant and bold. Refined chalky textured tannins give way to a lengthy finish. This spectacular wine is poised for aging.
The 2019 season began with abundant rainfall in March and April. This precipitation promoted cover crop growth in the vineyard, which provides needed nutrients in the soil. The welcome rain replenished soil moisture levels. The weather during bloom was temperate and dry, allowing for fruit set to occur unincumbered. The warm, extended summer was typical and fortunately we experienced only two noteworthy heat spikes in June and August, which we managed successfully. Yields were less than in 2018, but still bountiful and slightly above average.
The 3D Cabernet Sauvignon is our premium Cabernet offering, made in honor of Rich and Shannon Salvestrin’s three daughters. Always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate Dr. Crane vineyard, this wine is a barrel selection of our very best barrels each year. 14 months into aging, our winemaking team tastes through every single new Cabernet Sauvignon barrel from the vintage and selects the very best barrels. The selected barrels are then stacked together and put away in the cellar. Twice more, the selected barrels are tasted through – each time eliminating barrels and keeping only the very best – until our final round, where we keep the top 10-12. These barrels are then blended and put back to the barrel for the final aging period before bottling. The total aging time is 34 months in 100% new French oak.
Pairs well with beef, deer, venison, lamb, and poultry dishes.