The Crane Assembly is centered around a unique eight-acre property located in the gravel rich soils of southern St. Helena. It is believed that George Beldon Crane, or simply G.B. Crane, first established grapes on this site in the year 1885, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Although records are scarce, it was most likely planted as a field blend commonly known as “mixed blacks”. This field blend traditionally consisted of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, and a smattering of lesser-known grape varieties such as Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre and Valdiguie.
The GB Crane vineyard is a legendary plot lost to the viewer who sees nothing but perfect rows down Highway 29. I find the story and history of this place worth exploring, particularly given the wand of famed winemaker Dave Phinney.