95 Robert Parker
Lastly, the 2013 El Coco Proprietary Blend Composition is an 800-case cuve of 47% old vine Zinfandel, 42% Petite Sirah, 9% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Like the others, it has a black/purple color, a magnificent fragrance of dark berry fruits such as blueberry, blackberry and cassis along with some flowers, incense and charcoal. Full-bodied and crafted for its sumptuous, voluptuous mouthfeel, the finish is broad, savory and lasts almost 40+ seconds. Drink it over the next decade.
Rich aromatics of dark stone fruits and soft French oak mingle together to frame a very sophisticated entry with more than ample weight. The bright mid-pallet is replete with waves of concentration. High tones of ripe cherries and cassis come together and coat the mouth in richness. The finish is broad and expansive and lingers elegantly for over half a minute.
47% Old Vine Zinfandel
42% Petite Sirah
2% Cabernet Sauvignon
A group of friends (winemaker Kevin Fox, and friends, Bryan Sandoli, Darryl Browman and Dave Phinney) teamed up with a common goal to preserve this piece of viticultural history and produce a wine that both represented and respected that history. Of the eight acres in production, approximately four acres of old vine Zinfandel are one of G.B. Cranes original plantings. Yes, that means that this four-acre block has been continuously farmed for nearly one hundred and thirty years. The site also boasts a 1.6 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.4 acre block of Petite Sirah, and two rows of Merlot. In 2013, all of these blocks were vinified separately and aged in 100% French oak. After a year in barrel the individual wines were assessed and the blending process began. The result is a wine that combines the vibrant warmth of the Zinfandel with the power and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. And as it does so perfectly, the Merlot adds a silky, polished texture that gracefully completes the long finish.