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2010

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
St. Helena, Napa Valley

This sophisticated dark crimson colored cabernet sauvignon offers aromas of cedar, black plum, toffee, wild blueberry and black tea leaf. The dense, powerful palate boasts layers of chewy black fruits, vanilla, cedar and cigar box, all of which are complemented by graphite and tar. The finish is tenacious; layers of fine tannins and dark fruit linger on the palate. This wine is rich, round and intense.

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96 Points Wine Advocate

“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is rich, sumptuous and totally striking. It brings together all of the classic Dr. Crane qualities – expressive aromatics, silky tannins and voluptuous fruit, all with the crystalline purity of 2010. Juicy dark cherries, roses, sweet spices and crushed rocks are layered into the expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. ”
Antonio Galloni

95 Points International Wine Cellar

“Inky purple. An explosive perfume presents dark fruit liqueur, exotic spices and incense. Lush, palate-coating blackberry and cassis flavors show superb energy, becoming smokier and spicier with air. Refuses to let go of the palate on the finish, which features supple but substantial tannins and a lingering floral nuance. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date October 21

Growing Season 2010 graced Napa County with a long spring. In March, the young tender vine buds were protected from frost by blankets of fog. Late spring and mid-summer were mild, with temperatures slowly increasing throughout the season. Occasional heat spikes in late summer and early fall encouraged ripening and higher sugar levels. The wines from 2010 are structured and bright with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 28 days total maceration
• Voluntary malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new
• Varietal composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2012