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2009

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
St. Helena, Napa Valley

This dark crimson colored cabernet sauvignon is a rich, juicy wine which shows stunning intensity with layers of dark fruit, mocha, spices and new leather. Nuances of crushed rocks, graphite and tar are complemented by vanilla, cedar and cigar box.

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96 points Wine Advocate

“Deep, seductive and powerful. It shows stunning richness and intensity, with layers of dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and tobacco in a style that is very expressive but not at all heavy. The 2009 is Clone 4. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.”
Antonio Galloni

94 Points Wine Spectator

“A sumptuous, open-throttle red, with dense, dark berry fruit and cedary oak flavors that are pure, rich and focused. Impressive for its range of flavor, graceful balance, supple tannins and nice length. Best from 2013 through 2023. —J.L.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 9

Growing Season 2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal growing conditions. The well-set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop. The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 26 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new
• Varietal composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2011