linuxdave — September 8, 2005, 12:58 pm

Crane Lake Merlot 2003

Well, you came to this site for cheap wine. Welcome to the “Wine less than $5″ category. Crane Lake wine, around these parts, is CHEAP. I’m talking $3.34 cheap. Think of it. You can get a whole case of the stuff for 40 bucks! But would you want to…?

Crane Lake Wine

My answer: sure, why not. It isn’t really that bad.

Tasting notes:
Very wet, with almost no structure. The second glass I had was chilled, which was much better in my opinion. Very light oak.

All-in-all, if you want to impress someone with a large quantity of wine on your premises, Crane Lake wine is the wine to do it with! Otherwise, I would try something like Marcus James or “2 buck-Chuck” that are in the same price range.

Price: $3.33
Wine enjoyed with: Sausage and cheese

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  1. Comment by Kell @ November 13, 2005, 3:17 am

    Well, I’m sitting here mid-NaNoWriMo with a class of Crane Lake’s 2003 Petit Shiraz. Almost no tannins, which normally would be a minus, but as a late night creativity beverage, I’m actually welcoming someething softer. Medium bodied. Nice. Got it for $3.00. I’d buy it again, even for $4.50.

  2. Comment by David K. Henrickson @ November 23, 2005, 4:45 pm

    Crane Lake cabernet~ Great Choice! I introduced my wine snob friend to this, not telling him that a magnum cost me only $8.00. He thought it was very tasty, “full-bodied” where his words. Definately reccomend this bottle of grapes.

  3. Comment by Char Wilson @ December 14, 2005, 4:11 pm

    Is Crane Lake sold in Florida, specifically in zip code 34239?

  4. Comment by P Shanahan @ January 30, 2006, 4:19 pm

    $2.99 Petit Syrah. Wondeful varietal character for the price, some sweet fruit, lacking a bit in structure but some tannins present. A bit flabby, better at a cooler temperature. Low alcohol for a petit syrah.

  5. Comment by Jack Berezny @ February 19, 2006, 9:33 pm

    Tried the Crane Lake Merlot and “not that bad” is a bit of an overstatement. There is an acid bite and lack of depth to the wine. Although the nose is very fragrant, the color and clarity excellent, it lacks a warmth and depth. Good cooking wine as it complements red meat flavors very well.

  6. Comment by Nicole G @ March 8, 2006, 11:42 am

    I just happened to buy a bottle of Crane Lake Cabernet because it was on sale. I gave a glass to my parents (avid wine drinkers) and they enjoyed it. I found it at Meijers 3 for $10! And to think I almost passed it up because of the low price!

  7. Comment by Steve @ March 16, 2006, 11:57 pm

    I am a bitchy wine snob of a man, and my mother in law abandoned a bottle of Crane Lake Sangiovese about 3 weeks ago when she made some stew with it…about 1/4th a bottle. I had no preconceptions or idea what it was, but it was open, so I poured it. It ROCKS! Maybe because I’m slightly drunk (2 glasses in)…but doooood….WTF?!?!

  8. Comment by Kathe Helbig @ March 21, 2006, 6:54 pm

    Is Crane Lake wine made by the Charles Shaw Vineard?

  9. Comment by linuxdave @ March 21, 2006, 6:59 pm

    Kathe, I don’t think it is. Similar prices, though!

  10. Comment by Kelly @ March 31, 2006, 3:55 am

    I love Crane Lake wines, get a bottle at the corner store for $4.99. The sangiovese is my favorite but Cabernet & Merlot also very good. The only exception I’ve found that super cheap wine can be very nice. Try it! Way better, less sweet than 2 buck chuck.

  11. Comment by rocky @ April 5, 2006, 1:30 pm

    Have tried all Crane Lake wines (all that I know of) in substantial quantities. Pinot Grigio – very light; Prefer Sauvignon Blanc. Sangiovese – best of the reds.

  12. Comment by Pam @ April 9, 2006, 10:11 pm

    I’ve been enjoying the Cabernet Sauvignon, until I opened a bottle last week, and after having 2 glasses I was sick as a dog!! I was nauseous for the next 4 days as well. I thought, maybe a flulke, so the following week, I thought I would try it again out of the same bottle. I felt sick after only a half of a glass…and today, I am still feeling nauseous. I checked the number on the bottom of the bottle, and it differed from 3 of the other bottles I bought. I wonder if I just got a bad bottle…has anyone ever experienced something like this??

  13. Comment by Bill Link @ April 16, 2006, 10:47 pm

    Of all the inexpensive wines I’ve tried, Crane Lake is my favorite. I have bought a couple of cases of the cab to use as a cooking wine but I keep drinking it. For a simple red it is much better than the jug wines and not much more costly.

  14. Comment by Lee Scott @ May 20, 2006, 1:38 pm

    I have been told by a wine store owner that Crane Lake and Charles Shaw are the same wine; but since Trader Joes has the Charles Shaw francise, the Crane Lake brand is the same wine and sold in other stores.

  15. Comment by D.A. Farquar @ May 30, 2006, 8:08 pm

    I have been drinking Charles Shaw $2 buck chuck for the past several years and have found it highly drinkable. I enjoy drinking a bottle while BBQing. BevMO has a similar wine for around $2.49, which tastes an awful lot like $2buckChuck. Try it and you will like it!

  16. Comment by Neil Isaacson @ May 31, 2006, 11:55 pm

    I discovered this wine last weekend on a lark looking for something else at Rite Aid. They had a variety of choices and I chose the Sangiovese. I have had a couple other value wines from Albertoni ($4) and Luna ($5) I get from a discount grocer. Typically they run about 50% retail. I think this Sangiovese fares well with the others. This is the only one I tried but liked it enough to go back for several more bottles for the shelf.

    Cheers!

  17. Comment by Mark AND Donna @ July 21, 2006, 2:05 am

    My wife brought the crane lake 2004 Merlot on the advice if a person she met at the store. WE don’t buy cheap wines, but we did on a lark. We were pleasantly suprised. We found the Merlot smooth and a great complament to dinner. A little light on the tannins but still tastey.

  18. Comment by eileen @ July 30, 2006, 11:45 am

    We tried the 2004 Merlot, the Chardonnay -also the Sangiovese at a BBQ We had last week….I am not a wine expert, but some of the guests where. They loved the light body of all of the wines. I better hurry over to Longs Drug store and get some before all my guests go (They are going to get some cases…) I prefer the Merlot and the Chardonnay – as they are not acidy.

  19. Comment by Shelby @ August 1, 2006, 8:35 pm

    I frequently enjoy the Crane Lake cabernet, as it is $3.33/bottle at my local grocer and highly drinkable for a cheap red wine. In fact, it is the only red wine under $6/bottle that I find drinkable. I actually find it comparable to a lot of wines that cost three times as much. It is a bit heavy, and lacks depth and the subtle flavors of a more sophisticated wine, but for a “daily drinker” it’s not so bad! The other Crane Lake I like is the Sauvignon Blanc. It is actually very good. I had it with some shrimp salad that had apples in it, and it was a great pairing.

  20. Comment by John W. Buscher @ August 10, 2006, 4:42 pm

    You can’t beat these Crane Lake wines for the price. I could drink a lot of wine at this price.
    I haven’t seen a Zinfandel by Crane Lake. I wonder if they make one. And, what is Sangiovese? A most remarkable taste. Wish I new what it was.

  21. Comment by Frank Gaba @ August 19, 2006, 8:20 pm

    had a wine party …some frinds brought this wine Crane lake they said they lliked it ..
    we were serving top dollar wines and iam not sure if we were drunk or not but this dam wine tasted great……better yet when we found it under 5 bucks a bottle..so we are a little embarrassed when we buy it ..but

  22. Comment by alice @ August 24, 2006, 7:55 pm

    just bought 3 bottles of Crane Lake Merlot. Will let you know.

  23. Comment by Neil @ August 31, 2006, 12:16 pm

    John W. —

    I believe the Sangiovese has Italian origins and the typical base used in Chianti – 70%, then blended with one or two others.

    The Luna I spoke of is quite excellent. Tho I was paying five bucks, I saw the same bottle/vintage at a local deli for $22! Yippee for me. Hope it returns next year to my outlet. I am holding on to a couple bottles until. Look for it as it is much better than the Crane Lake. But for the price CL is still a good buy.

  24. Comment by ANGELA LUCAS, FULLERTON CALIFORNIA @ September 1, 2006, 12:02 pm

    Please help…I hope!
    I had crane lake merlot in San Fran. and have not been able to even locate a single store that sells it near this aea….after paying shipping from a website, well the cost just goes up.

  25. Comment by Liz Brown @ September 2, 2006, 6:53 pm

    I am a daily red wine (predominantly Cab Savs) drinker who seeks out good cheap bottles at my local farmer’s market (Dekalb GA Farmers Market – great plac!) and today they had bottles of Crane Lake on sale for $3.00 a bottle. I always buy 12 bottles at a time to get the 10% discount, so the bottle of cab was $2.70! I was expecting sour grapes… but what a surprise to find a light, uncomplicated, kinda merlot-ey cabernet for such a GREAT price! I love the French Bordeauxs that are cheapo (Like Mouton Cadet) but this little label might just find a permanent place on my rack. Kudos Crane Lake. where is your website???

  26. Comment by Betty @ September 7, 2006, 5:06 pm

    You can buy this at Winco Stores for $1.98 per bottle. They do make a white zinfandel which we enjoy tremendously

  27. Comment by Emily @ September 26, 2006, 11:50 pm

    Angela – I live in the East Bay and my local wine shop sells it – on Alcatraz and Telegraph in North Oakland (almost to Berkeley). Right now it is on sale for $3.99 a bottle. I am drinking it right now and impressed for its price. That’s why I googled it…

  28. Comment by Jack Maloney @ October 9, 2006, 3:31 pm

    Bought two bottles of Chardonnay from “Rays” in Jacksonville, Oregon for 3.99 per. Four of us loved it.
    I’m back home now in Los Altos, Ca and wondering where I can buy it locally.

  29. Comment by andrew mustapich @ October 14, 2006, 1:36 pm

    We rent cottages on Cedar Creek Lake and place Crane Lake wines in the rentals for our guests to enjoy. We have not had any complaints but received many compliments on the wine.

  30. Comment by Sarah @ October 15, 2006, 11:24 pm

    I stumbled across Crane Lake’s White Zinfindel in a small wine shop in North Carolina. Now that I’m back home in Delaware, I’m wondering where I can find more of this wine locally… it was light, crisp and surprisingly drinkable for such a sweet price!

  31. Comment by Chuck Crossno @ October 25, 2006, 6:38 pm

    A wine-loving friend of mine poured me a glass of the Crane Lake Shiraz, and asked me my opinion, with out telling me what I was drinking. I’m a lover of big, full-bodied reds, and I was pleasantly suprised. I’ve bought case-lots of the Shiraz and the Pettie Shira, and I’ve not been disappointed. It’s a great inexpensive wine, that with decanting, drinks like a much more expensive wine. And given the amount of wine that gets consumed around my house, finding a drinkable red at these prices…$3.99 locally…I’m a very happy man!

  32. Comment by Tom @ November 1, 2006, 3:54 pm

    Received the ’04 Crane Lake Merlot as a host’s gift. Had no idea of the price. I enjoyed it among friends a few weeks later with tuna steaks. I thought it was a delightful bottle, with great nose and soft taste that wasn’t overly cloying. It went very well with the tuna, white pototoes w/dill and steamed veggies. I highly recommend it.

  33. Comment by linda @ November 6, 2006, 7:17 pm

    I love Charles Shaw Merlot, but would like to try Crane Lake Merlot, where in VA can I find it?

  34. Comment by Carnu Gee @ November 6, 2006, 10:32 pm

    My husband travels all over the world and visits wineries when he has time off. We tried Crane Lake as our table wine ..and we REALLY liked it. We are red wine drinkers and have a little wine cellar with some wonderful wines, but this wine is GR8!!!

    Meijer in Michigan 3/$10.00 I bought 4 cases.

  35. Comment by Carnu Gee @ November 6, 2006, 10:35 pm

    I have a question: Why is Crane Lake so cheap? I have heard many “urban legends: divorce, new name pending….too many grapes…??

  36. Comment by Jeremy @ November 8, 2006, 10:09 pm

    An answer for Carnu, to the “why is Crane Lake so cheap?” query.

    The answer is: Fred Franzia and his Bronco Wine Co. Like his Charles Shaw label, Crane Lake is mass-produced from California grapes shipped to his plant in Ceres (near Modesro). For pictures and information, see the 15. November Wine Spectator (pp. 168-75). As with most wines from Bronco, the price is simply a result of the collision of Fred’s business savvy/model and grape glut.

    That said, Meijer in northern Indiana currently has Crane Lake priced at 3/$8. At $32 a case, it’s tough to complain about…am currently swilling my way through a case of the Shiraz. Good juice. That (the 05) and the 04 Merlot are both very reasonable table wines.

    …and if anyone knows of a font of Crane Lake Sangiovese around South Bend, please do be so kind as to share.

  37. Comment by Sofia Golightly @ November 9, 2006, 7:52 pm

    My husband and I are wine collectors and travel to sonoma and napa often. Since most of our friends aren’t familiar with wine we decided not to use our $300.00 case for thanksgiving and bought a $30.00 case of Crane Creek. They loved it! They all assumed we spent a fortune on it! Haha suckers! It does the trick in a pinch.

  38. Comment by Robert Whiteside @ November 26, 2006, 7:09 pm

    Can I buy Crane Lake wine direct?

  39. Comment by Dave @ November 29, 2006, 10:52 am

    The look of the bottle is cleverly done to suggest a higher price. This wine should work well as an affordable sharing or gift wine for the next few years, until our secret is known. I’m sure there will be some pleasant competition too, as other companies see the sense in the combination of an upscale look, with a good tasting product.

  40. Comment by Ryan @ December 6, 2006, 4:36 pm

    I discovered Crane Lake about two years ago. I definitely qualify as a “wine snob,” although I don’t overlook good wines at great prices, and Crane Lake is definitely one. I have gone back many, many times for bottles of their Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc. Both are great table wines, and are honest expressions of each grape. My experiences with their Chardonnay and Petite Sirah were also very good. My only complaint is that, because they are wines that are bought in bulk and then bottled, there’s a lot of bottle variation – from one bottle to the next, even in the same vintage, it really is a different wine. But, they are consistent 85 – 86 point wines in my opinion, and of the dozens of bottles I’ve had, only one single bottle dissappointed me, and even that one was pleasent to drink.

  41. Comment by Ryan @ December 6, 2006, 4:38 pm

    In response to Jeremy: Crane Lake Sangiovese is abundant at Sahara Mart, here in Bloomington (IN).

  42. Comment by Peter J. Smith @ December 7, 2006, 12:53 pm

    2004 Merlot has been real good, we just bought out 2nd case. We bought a case of the Sangiovese on the recommendation of a friend, haven’t tried it yet.
    $3 a bottle in Rite Aid in Northern Nevada.
    Sauvingnon Blanc has more body than I like.
    Cab S. was not as good IMHO
    P.

  43. Comment by Francheska @ December 17, 2006, 9:59 am

    I tried the 04 Merlot at a party the other night and loved it! I was so impressed I came to do a net search for it and found this board. I am thrilled to hear the price is so inexpensive. I plan on buying some.

  44. Comment by Rich Hare @ December 23, 2006, 7:37 pm

    I’ve been drinking Crane Lake for a few years now. It’s definitely not a $20 wine, but beats anything I can find for $10 and under.

    The 2002 Merlot was WONDERFUL. The 2003 wouldn’t ruin your cooking too much, and the 2004 is Good. I have three bottles of the 2002 left, and have opened one tonight to have with some Prime Rib… and it is everything I remember it to be. Oh how I wish I could buy a few more cases.

    Rich

  45. Comment by Veronica @ January 13, 2007, 11:45 pm

    it’s decent stuff. HiTime Wine Cellars carries it for $3 I think. http://www.hitimewine.net

  46. Comment by Ron @ January 14, 2007, 6:51 pm

    Where can I find Cranes Lake in central Florida?

  47. Comment by Brandon @ January 19, 2007, 6:44 am

    I just picked up a mixed case at food for less off of I-5 at exit 469 in Stockton, CA @ $1.98 a bottle.

  48. Comment by Ande' @ January 20, 2007, 12:37 am

    I have had several nice and expensive wines, I have had some expensive and not so nice wines, and also cheap and awful too. However, Crane Lake is nice on the taste buds and the wallet. I think it is not top of the line of course, but does someone even expect that with a wine at this wonderful price? I enjoy, all the reds—I am not much of a white wine fan, often too sweet for me, but I do enjoy a good dry white.

    I highly recommend Crane Lake! It is a staple in our house for the consistent evening wine and for cooking. I have even brought it to friend’s houses. In my opinion it compares quite well with many wines in the up to $10 range.

    I like it better than Charles Shaw and I have both regularly.
    ¡salud!

  49. Comment by Dead Head Bill @ February 1, 2007, 1:56 pm

    Bought 10 cases of this (merlot & Cabernet) 2 years ago for a party we were having. No complaints. Now even buy it periodically to save a few bucks during the week. About $3.99 in North Jersey. Good deal.

  50. Comment by Jeannie @ February 2, 2007, 6:14 pm

    We love the marlot, I did a wine tasting and It won hands down.. How funny, I love it ! This proves it, you dont have to speend alot of money for a great wine….

  51. Comment by michael @ February 6, 2007, 12:46 am

    I’m confused. My bottle of 04 Crane Lake Petite Sirah says “vinted and bottled by crane lake cellar, napa, ca.” Says nothing about Modesto. So is it or is it not owned by Franzia-Bronco?

  52. Comment by Lisa @ February 19, 2007, 8:21 pm

    Great wine, I normally dont buy California wine,but a friend “WHO IS REAL CHEAP WITH HER MONEY and loves merlot” bought it and I had a taste. It is very good wine, especially for the price.
    Keep promoting, and DONT change your price ! CHEERS……

  53. Comment by collette @ March 5, 2007, 9:21 pm

    Picked up Crane Lake Merlot (in Fort Collins , CO)because I was low an cash and having a dinner party….the guests wrote down the name so they could look for it in Seattle. I had to confess how inexpensive it was. It’s a very smooth wine!

  54. Comment by Jesse @ March 12, 2007, 2:08 pm

    I love Crane Lake. Here is how I buy wine…and I have quite a bit of it.

    If I’m buying wine to drink now, I’ll usually go with the cheaper wines because they are ready to drink….NOW!!! The bottles over 20 bucks usually require a couple of years or so before they are ready to drink. Crane Lake rocks for last minute guests. Nobody complains and usually ask. for the name of it.

  55. Comment by TC @ March 12, 2007, 11:53 pm

    Having gone through numerous bottles of Crane Lake in all the varietals offered, I can easily say the best value of all is the Petite Sirah. It’s fruit forward and rather big, especially at 3.33 per. Easily the peer of several wines ten times the price.

    Now that’s not to say the others are not good values. For cryin out loud man, 3 for 10 bucks is a screamin deal for any of these wines.

    And EVERY RITE-AID carries these great value wines.

    Stack em high, watch em fly…

  56. Comment by Tisha @ March 20, 2007, 8:22 pm

    My favorite wine is Crane Lake and I love the Merlot, being the Merlot fan that I am. My boyfriend is a wine snob, and likes the 30. Merlots, but I am hooked on Crane Lake.
    I get my stash of Merlot at Rite Aid here in Bellevue WA. The Merlot is very velvety, lush, and has a dry down of berry.
    Cheers!

  57. Comment by digital-bear @ March 23, 2007, 1:54 pm

    Just finished the Cabernet 2003. Had it with roasted chicken. On the nose, it’s not as nuanced and balanced as a more expensive wine. (But neither are the $10 wines from Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Yellow Tail, etc.)

    But, to drink it, it’s fine – very tasty. Nice color too.

    Easy to find in Detroit area – Meijer was 3/$10 – on sale. $5.49 at Kroger. I just paid $3.99 at V.G.’s Food, 18 and Ryan in /Sterling Heights.

  58. Comment by Ric @ March 23, 2007, 5:00 pm

    For anyone having trouble finding this awesome wine…BIG LOTS carries all the varietals for $3 a pop. Long live CRIZZANE LIZZAKE!!!

  59. Comment by Aaron @ March 23, 2007, 7:14 pm

    -so, i guess we are all crane lake freaks? kind of nice that not everyone knows the secret–also that it is owned by halliburton.

  60. Comment by Oscarschic @ March 27, 2007, 9:47 pm

    50/50 at my house. I didn’t find the wine to be that bad, but my husband hated it. He said it smelled and tasted like vinegar. Although I admit the tart finish is a down side – the overall fruity flavor and hint of oak far outweighs it in my opinion. 3/$10.00 at my local liquor store – I will keep it around for when my ignorant brother and his girlfriend come over. They are wanabe wine snobs now that they have gone to their first wine tasting!

  61. Comment by Laura @ April 11, 2007, 12:58 pm

    We got Crane Lake 2004 Merlot from a guest and we thought it was good for the money. Would love to buy in MA. Any store reccomendation?
    THanks

  62. Comment by Gerard @ April 12, 2007, 5:32 pm

    Just snagged six bottles each of merlot/cabsauv/shiraz @3fo8$ from a Meijer in Detroit, pleasantly surprised, good juice and great value compared to the wine prices here in Canada. My boozy red nosed wine loving brother Pierre was shocked at the quality for the price. Thumbs up for Crane Lake and cheers to the overall quality of California grapes!

  63. Comment by Jane @ April 30, 2007, 6:38 pm

    Crane Lake Sangiovese is the best of all. $3.99 in the Memphis area.

  64. Comment by Susan Shelton @ May 21, 2007, 11:07 am

    Where can you purchase Crane Lake in Texas?

  65. Comment by Rich @ May 28, 2007, 6:26 pm

    I’m working my way joyfully through our 4th case of Crane Cab, this last one being 2004, which I find to have a bit less body than the 2003s. Hopefully they are still around. For $30/case, it can’t be beat and if fools my supposed wine snob friends every time.

    Cheers!

  66. Comment by pam smith @ June 12, 2007, 3:28 pm

    i really like crane lake white zin. it’s good. almost like beringers. i am having a hard time finding it in local stores . i life in suffolk county long island,ny. anyone know where i can find It?

  67. Comment by Josh @ June 13, 2007, 1:31 am

    I was just introduced to Crane Lakes at a little store in Auburn CA. called Ikeda’s. What an amazing wine! Typically I do not purchase cheaper bottles of wine but I thought I would give this a try ~ best move I have ever made. I just went back and purchased 6 cases – I have enjoyed all their wines and will be back. Cheers

  68. Comment by Shelby @ June 29, 2007, 5:17 pm

    Susan – where in Texas are you located? In Houston, you can buy Crane Lake at Fiesta grocery stores. It’s 3 for $10. They have all the varietals. You can also get it by the bottle or glass at Ziggy’s Healthy Grill.

  69. Comment by JOHN @ July 7, 2007, 12:39 am

    I found Crane Lake Merlot very tasty. I am a wine lover. Though I have a ten cent pocket book. I have tasted wines from bottles ranging from $30 – $150 a bottle, and I have found Crane Lake Merlot to be light on the tannins, but I like that from time to time, The Cabernet was heavier and well rounded. I have tried a few varieties of Crane Lake and they are worth the price. @ 2.49 a bottle, where can you go wrong???? Wonderful Wine for the typical everyday consumer.

    John. Napa Valley of California.

  70. Comment by Don @ July 7, 2007, 4:49 pm

    I’ve been drinking Crane Lake merlot/sauvignon 2004 for 6 month now and love them! I just purchased 3 cases of each from Meijer for $24 a case. For under 3 dollars YOU CAN’T BEAT IT!

  71. Comment by Jay @ July 24, 2007, 5:35 pm

    We bought two cases at Wal-Mart for $1.97 a bottle. This is great wine at almost any price, but for less than $2.00 a bottle !!!
    Interesting enough, the wine also sells in Hong Kong, China, where it sells for about $18 a case. could it be that it is imported from China ??????

  72. Comment by Bernard @ August 5, 2007, 1:07 pm

    How does this wine age? Any reports on the 2005′s?

  73. Comment by Jay @ August 7, 2007, 8:17 pm

    Bernard,
    This is not a wine that I put on the shelf for a later day. When I said that it a great wine, I meant, of course, that it is cheap and thus “great” for casual drinking. We had several bottles at a pasta feed with good friends and did not hear a single complaint and lots of positive comments by surprised drinkers.
    How does it age? Buy some and try to keep it on the shelf for a couple years. Is that worth the space? Not in my “cellar”.

  74. Comment by Brooke @ August 9, 2007, 2:09 pm

    I googled this wine because I was wondering if anyone else had gotten ill from Crane Lake wine. I was sick to my stomach after two glasses for 24 hours straight ( not to mention the pounding headache). I noticed one other person was also sick from the wine. I wasn’t crazy about the wine but maybe thats because there was something wrong with it! Still have several bottles which I am afraid to drink. Oh Well.

  75. Comment by Rob @ August 11, 2007, 11:30 pm

    $1.98 at WinCo in California. Tastes like nothing.

  76. Comment by jANE mCvAY @ August 23, 2007, 9:57 pm

    CRANE LAKE: Oh, Chard! I got so sick on it, for 2 days, I too don’t want to try the reds I bought. My guess on the cause, a high level of sulfites. Cheap & Dirty, cloudy wine needs lots of clarifying sulfites. A bit in the cooking’ll be fine, I bet

  77. Comment by Walter Palmer @ September 6, 2007, 9:44 pm

    I love all Crane Lake Reds. Especially the Cab. Many 7 8 and 10 dollar wines do not match Crane Lake. Not so familiar with the whites but the Chardonnay was excellent. Hard to find in Boston but better than 2 buck chuck which i also drink

  78. Comment by D. Eckert @ September 25, 2007, 1:33 pm

    $1.98 at Winco supermarket SF bay area. Tried the petit sirah and found it to be OK and drinkable. 83 pts on my rating.

  79. Comment by LARRY GRITZINGER @ October 2, 2007, 6:40 pm

    We love the Merlot! Own Moosehead Lodge in Northern Michigan and are in the process of making it our house wine. Have had visitors from all over the country. Wine snobs and slobs agree…..it was great… Good enough to impress our guests.

  80. Comment by Eileen M @ October 14, 2007, 1:36 pm

    Am looking for Crane Lake Merlot in Rockland County, New York…Friend bought all 21 bottles which were left in store about 100 miles away.

  81. Comment by Dave @ October 20, 2007, 9:37 am

    I drink the White Zinfandel for $3.99 per bottle. It is quite bold, but otherwise very good. I no longer buy Sutter Home.

  82. Comment by vicki @ October 31, 2007, 5:05 pm

    I recd 2 bottles of Crane Lake as part of a thank you gift. Both bottles were great. I have been looking for a retail store to purchase more in Nebraska or even Western Iowa. So far my search has been futile. Any ideas where I can purchase Crane in my area?

  83. Comment by Dameon @ November 8, 2007, 1:14 am

    I sorta stumbled on these by accident. 3 for $10 @ Meijer. Caught my eye that they are not magnums and have real corks. So, we gave em’ a whirl. We like wine, nothing like a good Turning Leaf or Smoking Loon. These are very good wines, I’m wondering when they’ll up the prices. Snatch em’ up. Nice mellow Cab, not very dry. Excellent Merlot and the White Zin is good not too sweet. Gonna try the Chardonnay. I have a Chefs degree and have had some of the best wines to cook with, this is a good wine to cook with and to use as a dinner wine. One for the food, one for the Chef. LOL

  84. Comment by Neal Myers Fort Wayne, IN @ November 9, 2007, 10:41 pm

    Neither an expert nor a wine snob… but for the money Crane Lake’s Merlot 2005 is great. Having tried many inexpensive wines this rates up there… If not at the top… Bought two bottles of Merlot and I bet tomorrow I’ll buy two more…

    Enjoy!

  85. Comment by Tracy Eller Fort Wayne, IN @ December 6, 2007, 7:53 pm

    I bought this wine for the first time yesterday. I was taking it over to a friends to have with dinner. I thought it was a great deal at only 4.99. But to my surprise when I went to pay it came up only 3.25. It was such a great deal for such an easy drinking wine that i stopped today to buy the last two bottles they had.

  86. Comment by A @ December 7, 2007, 3:04 am

    Hi , I was wondering , how would you rate California House Reserve Cabernet Dry Red Wine ?
    As well as Peller Estates Proprietor’s Reserve Selection – Cabernet Merlot (Dry medium bodies , fruity richness)

    thanks

  87. Comment by helen @ December 31, 2007, 1:30 pm

    I bought Crane Lake as a joke for a friend who is a bird watcher. She also claims to actually LIKE yellow tail – so i figured at $3.99 i had nothing to lose. To my surprise – the wine was “not bad”. I’m not saying I am buying cases of this – but if someone needs a wine for a GROUP of people this is DEFINITELY ACCPETABLE – way better than gnarly head or yellowtail – & it even has a cute label with the bird! It is NOT a full bodied “chewy” CAB – but more a lighter bodied RED – that is NOT unpleasant. In an earlier post someone recommended to slight chill it – which may not be a bad idea.

  88. Comment by van c. miller @ January 11, 2008, 8:01 pm

    Does anybody know if this wine is sold anywhere close to Minneapolis/St Paul?

    van c

  89. Comment by Jeffrey Hemingway @ January 17, 2008, 12:32 pm

    I love the Crane Lake merlot. The only issue I have is that the next day my sinuses have lots of pressure. I did some digging and found that if too much yeast is used in the process, the sinuses will react. I still purchase Kendall Jackson from time to time for comparison and a change but suffer through the sinus reaction due to cost.

  90. Comment by Kirk @ January 22, 2008, 2:34 pm

    I enjoy red wines, but am not an expert on wine. With that being said, I do know that if you get cheap wine you can be left sorely disapointed no matter how “refined” your tastes are. I bought a 2003 Merlot by Crane Lake for $3.99 the other day figuring if it was bad…just close your eyes, it might help! I actually found it to be a nice flavored wine. Not much depth, but for a glass of red after work, or as been mentioned a group in a pinch, you cant go wrong. Are there better bottles? Absolutely. Better for less than $10? I would put this one up against any of them.

  91. Comment by Rick @ January 24, 2008, 11:11 am

    Drink a lot of Crane Lake reds purchased at Meijer. For $2 to $3 they are extremely drinkable. I will bring them as gifts along with a “good” wine and let my hosts do the comparison themselves. I think you need to get above $15 a bottle before you can find stuff that drinks reliably better than Crane Lake.

  92. Comment by Josh from IL @ January 24, 2008, 11:38 pm

    I’m not a huge wine drinker, but like it from time to time. My wife is a wine snob, along with her friends. I purchased a bottle of Crane Lake Shiraz 2006 for $4.99 at the local grocery store. Now again I’m not a huge wine drinker and just got it so I could bring something to the party and told nobody not even my wife what I paid. They loved it, as did I. I went back the next day and purchased a case of it. Probably the most wine this store has sold in 3 months. I loved the smooth, slightly blackberry, slight hint of pepper at the start and smooth after taste that doesn’t stick around. if your looking for a good, cheap bottle look no further.

  93. Comment by Stephen @ January 26, 2008, 10:29 pm

    The Crane Lake Petit Sirah has become our favorite everyday dinner wine. Haven’t had a bad bottle yet, and we’ve been through at least 3 cases.

  94. Comment by dan payne @ February 7, 2008, 2:22 pm

    We get Crane Lake in San Diego for $2 per bottle. Really curious on who makes it. Tastes so good for the money; would hate to find out one day that it’s actually “soilent green” or something like that. For that price I’ll drink transmission fluid and like it.

  95. Comment by Brad @ February 9, 2008, 9:03 pm

    I’m afraid have to join brooke and jane
    in saying I got sick off this wine.

    I picked p a bottle of the merlot and petite sirah
    I only had a few glasses of each before it hit me.
    Pounding headach,nauseous stomach, diarrhea.

    never again.

  96. Comment by joe miller @ February 9, 2008, 10:02 pm

    who wholesales crane lake in new orleans. i am a retailer and would like to buy some thanks

  97. Comment by john nicoletti @ February 10, 2008, 7:19 pm

    Received three bottles of Crane lake from my cousin in Scottsdale AZ. Cab, Merlot, and Chardonnay. Not a big fan of chardonnay, but the Cab, and Merlot were great. Knowing my cousin is s wine drinker, figured he spent some bucks on the wine. Surprise, when I went to the website. Three bucks a bottle? Will be ordering by the case. This is a real nice wine. Forget the price. If it tastes good to you, than it is a good wine. No snobbery here.

  98. Comment by vio @ February 20, 2008, 5:17 pm

    Found this wine at Costco wholesale club. $3.99 a bottle. I drink merlots mostly and of course I had to try this. I thought it was great. I keep several bottle on hand. Though I switched over to the cabernet for Crane Lake because I thought it had a little more body that is more characteristic of some heavier merlots. All in all, I am just a social wine drinker not an expert. Like the rest of the club, its more of a thrill to find a good cheap wine than it is to tell someone you spent a fortune!

  99. Comment by JLH @ February 29, 2008, 5:06 pm

    The wine distributor recommended the sangiovese so I got Sangiovese 2005. I used my wine opener that I have had and used for ages. The kind that goes on either side of the cork and you pull, so you don’t get pieces of cork. The neck of the bottle exploded and glass went everywhere. Needless to say it was undrinkable, but if they use cheap bottles I shudder about the rest of the product.

  100. Comment by Jared @ March 2, 2008, 12:09 am

    I drink 2 bottles of Crane Lake every night I decide to drink. The stuff is amazing. When my local grocery store is out of the “discount wine” (which it really shouldnt be disctount wine cause its delicious) I end up buying more expensive wine. And it’s always way worse than Crane Lake stuff. Just for the record I only drink the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. I think the Petit Sirah is too bitter, but maybe thats how all Petit Sirah’s taste. I am not really a wine expert.

  101. Comment by DAVE SOUZA RANCH @ March 14, 2008, 8:56 pm

    WE HAVE MANY PARTIES AND WE BUY CRANE LAKE BY THE CASE’S. THE CABERNET SAUVIGNON IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. IM ALSO WONDERING IF THERE IS A RED ZIN. DO NOT LET CRANE LAKE KNOW OF THERE GOOD WINE, THE PRICE MAY GO UP..

  102. Comment by ronald jozik @ April 17, 2008, 12:07 pm

    Crane Lake cabernet is not the full bodied expensive cabernet one may prefer but for $4 or less it has to be the best value in cab in the world!! I have drunk many $10 cabernets that were complete acidic garbage with no pleasant aftertaste whatsoever! Crane Lake is a VERY drinkable wine for the money! If you could buy Jordan cab for $15 you would have the value scale I refer to! Once you have tried Crane Lake you will buy more again, sooner rather than later! Crazy Loon another very good value!

  103. Comment by ronald jozik @ April 17, 2008, 12:16 pm

    Crane lake the best value in cab hands down! For $4 or less it’s like buying Jordan for $15 on a value scale and I love Jordan cab! Many $10 cabs i’ve had were absolute acidic junk! Crane Lake HAS to be the best value in cab worldwide! it’s light but smooth and not bitter or acidic. Leaves a pleasant finish on your tongue. You will buy this wine again, sooner rather than later, after you have had your first bottle. Guaranteed!!

  104. Comment by David Howell @ April 17, 2008, 5:07 pm

    Crane Lake does have a red Zinfandel. Regrettably, their Zin is the worst of it’s reds in my estimation. It is the ONLY Crane Lake red I’d caution to avoid. The rest are wonderful!

  105. Comment by Neal Myers @ April 20, 2008, 11:27 pm

    Previously I commented on Crane Lake’s Merlot. I have been trying all of what I find of Crane Lake. Not happy with the Pinot Grigio! Everything else is great!

    A week ago picked up a few and finally got to Sangiovese 2005. WOW!
    When I first had the Merlot several months back I said I was going to buy a few more the next day. Well after Sangiovese I’ll be buying four more tomorrow.
    Enjoy!

  106. Comment by John Lagerwey @ April 27, 2008, 9:49 am

    Are Crane Lakes and Charles Shaw made by the same company?

  107. Comment by Aly @ May 4, 2008, 11:06 pm

    Good—I thought I was crazy for liking this wine so much! Glad I’m not alone!

  108. Comment by D.B. Cooper @ May 23, 2008, 11:26 am

    I discovered Crane Lake in min 2006. I began by using it in my cooking, but have really grown to enjoy this under-priced gem of a wine. Granted, one will not find the complexity that is in most other fine wines, however fine wines are NEVER sold at $3.45 per selection. And actually the fact that it can be a little hard to find in some areas and that it is somewhat unknown to many, helps hide the fact that it is a “bottom rung” wine, when entertaining.
    I keep a mixed case on hand at all times. If nothing else, it is a great looking filler for my wine rack.
    A really great wine.

  109. Comment by Real McCoy @ May 24, 2008, 11:23 pm

    “Are Crane Lakes and Charles Shaw made by the same company?”
    Yes they are…
    Fred Franzia’s Bronco Wine Co. Charles Shaw label, and Crane Lake is mass-produced from California grapes shipped to his plant in Ceres (near Modesro).
    It has been posted in the comments here before. Scroll back to sometime November 2006 I think…

  110. Comment by Bruno Hess @ June 18, 2008, 1:14 pm

    Tried Crane Lake Sauvignon Blanc and for $4.00 a bottle I can highly recommend it. Surprisingly smooth white wine. Excellent find.

  111. Comment by Antithesis of a wine snob @ June 20, 2008, 2:54 pm

    On the recommendation of a friend whose “house wine” is Crane Lake Sangiovese, I tried some ($4/bottle at a local Italian deli in Albany, California). It is now my house wine. I love it. (And puleeze, no comparisons with 2-buck Chuck! It’s in a different class altogether.)

    Couple of things: the wine recently passed from the 2005 vintage to 2006. I haven’t really noticed that much difference, but I’m wondering if other people here have.

    Also, the last time I went to the deli, they suggested I also try the Crane Lake Malbec, which I did, and was pleasantly impressed by.

    The Merlot isn’t very good, from my experience.

  112. Comment by FOB @ July 9, 2008, 7:31 pm

    We poured Crane Lake Syrah 2005 and Crane Lake Pinot Grigio at my daughter’s wedding. The crowd loved it, at least that’s what they said anyway. Great wine for a party. I still have a few cases, which should last a few days! The wine is a great value and good conversation because people can’t believe the price. They all wanted to know where to get some. (I’m holding on to my stash)

  113. Comment by Val @ July 24, 2008, 9:14 pm

    My wife and I love Crane Lake, we would go to local wine testings and I am agree – it would take
    $15 and up to get better wine,.. yes -not enough depth and tanins, bur easy drinkable, soft , good on your palate.. and myself -i like less alcohol content.

  114. Comment by Randolph @ August 6, 2008, 7:02 pm

    Merlot sells for $3.99 per bottle in Connecticut. We probably have more wine snobs per capita than most areas and the display at my store is always half empty on the weekends.

  115. Comment by Aric R @ August 23, 2008, 8:06 pm

    I’ve been a Crane Lake fan for a couple years now. Their Chard is good, Cab is very good and I agree with the above – the Sangiovese is great! When you see the champagne however, just pour it down the drain – completely undrinkable.

    WinCo has the wine regularly for $1.98 – sparkling at $3.98.

  116. Comment by Ron @ November 17, 2008, 9:43 pm

    Anyone know where we can find Crane Lake in the Vero Beach to West Palm Beach area in Florida? Thanks!

  117. Comment by Dan L. @ November 21, 2008, 11:47 pm

    I found Crane Lake a few years ago, and it’s become my “vin du jour”. It’s assuredly drinkable, and it certainly has a solid alcohol content. I prefer the shiraz, and the pinot grigio and chardonnay are fine as summer heat beaters. (I prefer the PG.) I am nowhere near a “common sewer” or even wanna-be wine snob, but I do not like the sangiovese one bit. I’ve tried 3-4 bottles and find it’s thin and does nothing for my palate. No character at all.

    Not all the Crane Lake varieties are carried in all stores. In my area, I have found two stores in the same chain of supermarkets that carry an overlapping variety of + / – 9 different wines. I pay $3.99/bottle. Darn good price for a wine that’s really not that bad. Overall, I think it’d still sell at $5.99. My usual day-to-day before CL was Yellow Tail. I still buy it, and will continue to do so, mostly as a “nothing special” drink for swillin’ with my friends. :-) But I have to admit that YT is a better brew than CL.

  118. Comment by Dan L. @ November 21, 2008, 11:58 pm

    Ummmmmmmmm… Got distracted by company while writing my prior message. (People!!!! ) Didn’t maintain my train of thought………

    For Crane Lake whites I also like the sauvignon blanc. As for reds, the shiraz and malbec are what I buy most, but I also enjoy their merlot. These, and the pinot grigio, are what I buy regularly.

    As I mentioned earlier, they are certainly worth the $3.99/bottle that I pay. And I’m not holding my nose while drinking either! The line is a good one, better by far than “Two Buck Chuck!”

  119. Comment by Tina E. @ December 3, 2008, 8:20 pm

    I drank this wine at a wedding a couple weeks back and was pleasantly surprised by it’s “drinkability”. It is a great social wine, not too fancy nor expensive. I was given a case of the left overs (yeah!) so I haven’t actually went looking for it yet. I know it isn’t sold at Bevmo so once I’m done with the case, let the hunt begin. Overall great no frills wine to drink if you aren’t looking for complexity.

  120. Comment by Dwine @ February 20, 2009, 5:57 pm

    There is no doubt that Crane Lake Chard and Charles Shaw two buck chuck come from the same place…Bronoco Winery….try it out ….Trader Joe’s has the exclusive on 2 buck chuck but crane can be sold everywhere for another buck….both well worth the price….

  121. Comment by Lisa Lee @ March 1, 2009, 10:57 am

    I found Crane Lake at a local store in Cazenovia, NY, Great price and great flavors.

  122. Comment by holly @ May 14, 2009, 11:38 pm

    my in-laws brought several varieties of Crane Lake to the cabin a couple of summers ago and everyone(wine snobs and others)were asking where the wine came from. Rite Aid—3 bottles for $9! We have since continued to purchase it and our new favorite is Zinfandel.

  123. Comment by John Greenwell @ June 5, 2009, 1:16 pm

    I am 54 years of age. Believe me I have tried a lot of cheap wines. But price does NOT always denote value or taste. My favorite coup was about 3 years ago alocal wine shop wasgoing out of business. They had a bunch of wines priced at $6 and under. I bought about 10 different varieties. I had to dump out 3 or 4. The rest but one were just ok and some of those were marked down Italians. But one shone above the rest. You guessed it..a Crane Lake. I had never heard of it.
    Been buying it ever since. But shhhhh…dont tell anybody.

  124. Comment by bob porter @ July 11, 2009, 1:40 pm

    What a find.
    We were on vacation in Charleston, S.C. and went into the foodstore near our hotel in the French Quarter. Found the wine at $3.59/bottle when you buy a case. Worse case, it is used for cooking.
    Bought Cab ’07 and Petit ’05.
    Very drinkable and wife likes the Petit best.
    Now, wish we had bought more.
    Just as good as many $8-12 wines.
    Bwtter yet you support a North America firm and carbon footprint is less since shipping is less than from Europe or Australia.

  125. Comment by David Evans @ July 19, 2009, 6:33 pm

    member of small wine club, we all buy a bottle of a cetain wine and do a blind taste test, our local liquor store gives us a discount and usually sets out 8 or 10 bottles of whatever wine we are having that month for members to choose from, i picked out the crane lake and almost put it back out of guilt when found out it was only $3.99. but thought what the heck, usually we buy $15 to $25 wines to taste, great surprise when the crane lake won that night out of 12 more expensive wines, now many members buy it regularly just to drink or to give as inexpensive gifts. i keep a bottles of each of their different wines now for a great inexpensive wine to sip on. thanks crane lake, keep up the good work and keep the price down

  126. Comment by Christopher @ August 18, 2009, 9:37 am

    great wine…happened by it a couple of weeks ago. Where the hell do I go to buy a couple of cases ? crgreen @ yahoo.com

  127. Comment by Les @ October 1, 2009, 12:03 am

    I have recently started buyin Crane Lakes at Henry’s Farmers Market in California and have been really pleased for the price. I got a case for $27 and the Sauvignon Blanc is actually very tasty. I am not a fan at all of the Petite Syrah, but every other variety is good and you really can’t beat the price.

  128. Comment by Richard shilale @ October 8, 2009, 9:07 pm

    Crane Lake’s wines are a excellent value for the price. The Cabernet Sauvignon has a good noise, color,and a little fruit. There is little structure to the wine , but a nice soft finish that lingeres on the palate. A wonderful everyday wine that delights,and dosen’t brake the bank. Look for it at your local wine shop, you will not be dissapiointed.I just hope they keep producing it.

  129. Comment by Jeffrey Palaferri @ October 14, 2009, 4:43 pm

    Today; last day at Henry’s market for $2; I also got 10% off that for buying 6. Almost free.

  130. Comment by lew @ October 15, 2009, 12:47 am

    We found their pinot noir last spring after a wine expert told me about it. Was sceptic at first so I only bought one bottle. Went back and bought 4 cases at $3.99 per bottle. then the liquor store in Utah discontinued it. Tried there zinfandel, They were very similar. bought 4 more cases. In comparing wines under $10.00, I say it’s as good as any or better. I come from a long line of Greek wine makers I like making my own. but at $3.99, you can’t beat it.

  131. Comment by Marquis @ December 19, 2009, 10:26 pm

    Bought one of each variety at Henry’s in SoCal. I love finding good cheap wine and there has never been a better time to find bargains. Still lots of bad wine for cheap, so you need to try to find out. Didn’t care much for any of the whites, the Petite Sirah and Cab are OK for the price, but the Sangiovese is a winner. Bought several bottles and will get some more. If you like Chianti, you’ll like this.

  132. Comment by kat @ January 18, 2010, 12:34 am

    i am as my friends seem to think a bit of a wine snob. i can usually skip over the cheaper wines being under $10. but i bought their chard on a whim and was quite impressed. had an oaky fresh taste with a hint of lemon. might try it again sometime in another varietal.

  133. Comment by CP @ March 4, 2010, 3:56 pm

    One of the best wine shops in the LA/OC area, Winex in Orange, CA, carries excellent wines most of which are $8 to $10 and up (and worth the price), and offer excellent value for price. The only $3 wine they offered in the last half year was CRANE LAKE. Crane is Bronco wines effort to supply small specialty shops with a good bargain wine. I bought the 2005 Crane Lake Petit Sirah and was astonished how well-balanced and chunky it was for the money – easily could compete with same variety wines $13 to $20. Winex is pretty picky and I think it is only carrying the 2007 Cab at the moment, I’m eager to try it if I can just stop buying the exceptional 2007s from Southern France (also often great deals but seldom less than $10).

  134. Comment by Donna @ March 19, 2010, 7:31 am

    I have bought the Crane Lake Sangiovese in the past and found it to be very refreshing and had great flavor. When my local liquor retailer suggested I try the Sauvignon Blanc, I bought two bottles. I had two glasses with a spinach salad, and within a few hours, I had the same experience that Pam (from 2006) had: Nauseous, sick, and headaches all the next day. I believe that her bottle and mine were just two contaminated in a batch of many good ones. I never drank the second bottle, and threw out the remainder of the first the next day. My friend tried a glass of the second bottle about a week later and liked the taste and had no ill effects from it. I gave her the bottle to take home. So, I don’t think I’ll be buying the Sauvignon Blanc again anytime soon, but I will continue to buy the Merlot and Sangiovese.

  135. Comment by Molly @ April 26, 2010, 7:07 pm

    Try the Riesling!

  136. Comment by surfermsc123@yahoo.com @ August 1, 2010, 12:43 am

    I just paid $7.99 for 2008 Crane Lake Merlot. I usually don’t purchase any wine under $20.00 however the label said it was grown in NAPA Valley and they were out of the good stuff so I figured why not?

    I cannot believe how good this wine is for the price. It matched perfectly with dinner. A great tasting flavorful wine, medium to full bodied with a slightly lingering soft finish. Very nice!

  137. Comment by Dave Heiserman @ April 5, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Hey, the Chardonnay isn’t bad either.

  138. Comment by Luna M. @ June 16, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Found the 2009 Merlot and 2008 Shiraz on sale at my local Meijer for 3/$12 ($4.49 regular price). Looks like the price has gone up. Meijer has always been a bit more expensive all around (for my taste) anyhow. Had the Shiraz last night and I was so surprised at how smooth and palatable the taste was for the price. Amazing! A better buy when on sale (and not) than my go-to daily/house Black Box Cab wine. Located the Crane Lake bottles on the very bottom shelf at the store and they were all out of Cab and pretty low on all the other varietals. Looks like it’s a popular brand for those in the know like the previous reviewers here. Was intent on finding the Sangiovese, but it looks like they don’t carry it (damn). I am TOTALLY sold on Crane Lake now! The label looks simple and classy too. I can totally see bringing this as a host(ess) gift as previous reviewers mentioned. Especially if on a budget. Possibly along with a Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay for contrast.

  139. Comment by Luna M. @ June 20, 2011, 8:55 am

    Got to taste the Merlot, Cab and Chardonnay finally. Did NOT like the Cab so much. BF seconded that motion. Not that it wasn’t drinkable, it just had a taste we weren’t too crazy about. Reminded me of Grenache/Malbec blended wine I did not like years back. No love lost though. We ‘cut’ it with some Cherry 7-Up and down it went. :-) The Merlot was pretty good and I drank the whole bottle of Chardonnay myself, if that gives you any indication. Would buy those two again.

  140. Comment by Luna M. @ June 23, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Am on a Crane Lake wine tasting extravaganza here! In the last couple of days I tried the Pinot Grigio and tonight the Riesling, chilled. Both are pretty good, with the Riesling being a bit sweeter, of course. I drank the whole bottle of Pinot by myself and it looks like that’s the plan for the Riesling too. At these prices I surely can! haha It looks like the only two I need to try now are the White Zinfandel and the Sangiovese. I did see the White Zin at Meijer, but will need to search on for the Sangiovese.

  141. Comment by Luna M. @ July 12, 2011, 8:14 pm

    Bought the Zinfandel this week. It’s decent too. Not my ultimate favorite, but a good one to throw into the mix if buying a variety of bottles. The Cab still remains my least favorite. Was happy to see my local Meijer has all Crane Lake on sale for 3/$7 till the end of the month.

  142. Comment by Agnes @ September 8, 2011, 10:27 am

    I found Crane Lake years ago at Bev Max in CT and have tried them all except the Zin and the Brut, I recently tried the Sangiovese and love it! I am hungarian and my family love wine so I brought the Crane Lake to a Thanksgiving get-together and everyone loved it and couldn’t believe the price of $3.99! I drink wine most evenings with dinner so for this price its the best choice by far and everyone I have told about it can’t believe how good it is. The funniest part is giving it to a wine snob and then watching their look when you tell them the price!!!!!! PRICELESS

  143. Comment by Coco h. @ March 11, 2012, 10:22 am

    Wow.. I’ve got to say my husband and I go through about a case of wine a week;trying to keep the price at. $20 a bottle. Recently discovered crane lake (at $5 a bottle) and will definitely be buying now weekly . My husband is a big wine snob. (auctions at sherry lehmans etc). So when I first bought a bottle I decanted it and told him it was a small producer didn’t remember the name). He was impressed and quickly went rooting arou d in the recycling bin, boy was he pleasantly surprised when I revealed the label!

  144. Comment by Matt @ July 14, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Crane lake is a sweet buy. I bought it for 3.99 and wow I was surprised. I’m kind of a wine snob bc I usually drink 15 dollar bottles. But now I am a crane lake guy!!!! This taste the same as the more expensive wines.

  145. Comment by Lee @ August 6, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Loved Crane Lake and then for some reason thought my tastes had evolved beyond it. Until recently. Now I crave it. I mean CRAVE! I’d buy it at $45 a bottle. It’s my favorite and for a while I was embarrassed to admit it because of the price. But it is a very good glass of wine. Not bland, like some other less expensive wines. It’s a great product!

  146. Comment by Bill @ August 27, 2012, 10:24 pm

    I’ve never been a wine drinker. Beer was much cheaper (even good beer) than even the cheapest drinkable wine. For me a wine would have to be something I could substitute for the beer. $8-10 for a six pack of a decent beer meant that I would have to find a $4-$5 bottle of wine I could drink, which I never could find until a friend brought me a few bottles of CL when I moved into an apartment a few years back. The moscato and petit sirah.

    I now keep at least 2 bottles of each of the CL varietals in the house. we went through a lot of wine at the party I recently had when I moved into my new house. Most of my family had the same attitude toward wine that I did, that a decent wine was way too expensive, so when I was serving up the CL, they were drinking, I even sent a few bottles home with folks who, like me, are not “wine people” thanks to Crane Lake

  147. Comment by Bill @ February 22, 2013, 9:04 pm

    Bought a bottle of clean chardonnay to have with roasted game hen. It was a fantastic accompanyment for the price

  148. Comment by Ellen @ May 2, 2013, 10:45 pm

    I live in the heart of (award winning) wine country and regularly spend $15-30/750 ml. The 2011 Crane Lake Shiraz is some of the top ten reds I have ever tasted.

    For only $5 I’m impressed !

  149. Comment by JustmeJ @ August 29, 2013, 6:43 pm

    I am not much of a wine drinker so I just buy something cheap-ish when I am in the mood for it. I have tried several low price wines and this is one that I will definitely be buying again. I currently have a bottle of 2011 Merlot and loving it.

  150. Comment by Phil from Philly @ November 25, 2013, 12:30 pm

    Bought Crane Lake Moscato and Sauvignon blanc, what swill!

    First time in my long life I poured an entire bottle of wine down the drain much less two within minutes of each other.

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