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2007

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
St. Helena, Napa Valley

Displaying a deep, black garnet hue, this muscular powerhouse opens with a nose of black plum, pencil lead and dried herbs that only hint at the intensity and expansiveness of the palate to follow. Abundant flavors of freshly picked blackberries, currants and espresso unfold in velvety succession over a mouth-coating palate. Ripe, sweet tannins surround the dense core of black fruits, complemented by hints of cedar and vanillin on a lasting finish. Alcohol 15.1%

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96 points Wine Advocate

“Exhibits a rocky, stony, gravelly, hot pebble-sort of nose that I often associate with wines such as Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion.  Beautifully sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit along with a note of led pencil shavings jump from the glass of this opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, intense wine.  This brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon should evolve gracefully for 25-30+ years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

97 points Wine Spectator

“Wonderfully exotic, with complex aromas of spice, cedar, currant, kirsch and blackberry that fold over to the rich, firm and full-bod­ied palate. Elegantly styled, layered and persistent. Simply a joy to drink. Drink now through 2012.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 17

Growing Season The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter. Bud break came early, setting a crop of highly concentrated berries in small clusters. Summer brought ideal weather with warm, even temperatures through veraison. Late summer brought several heat spikes followed by moderate temperatures that prevailed through harvest. Fruit had ample time for phenolics as well as sugars to reach optimum levels. The result was a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with wines showing great intensity and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 4-day cold soak, 35 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 92% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2009