Maker: Crane Lake
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: Bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Crane Lake Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 begins in a promising manner, with a mild berry aroma with a hint of vanilla. The flavor, though, is somewhat variable. On first tasting it, I was somewhat impressed by a strong jammy flavor more characteristic of a Syrah. Oddly, a second tasting a few hours later had much less of a fruit-forward character. Both times, the finish was quite abbreviated. The combination of very low price and reasonably bold flavor might make it suitable for, say, a big cookout attended by non-discriminating friends.