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2012

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
St. Helena, Napa Valley

Deep violet in color, this 100% cabernet sauvignon leads with an expressive nose of cigar box, baked fig compote and black currant. The palate has a stunning intensity, with layers of dark fruit, black cherry and savory dried herbs. Round, chewy tannins support the lingering mineral-driven finish.

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98 Points Wine Advocate

“Of the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it’s pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane moves more toward the wet rock, blueberry, raspberry fruit spectrum, but still stays dark and foreboding, very concentrated and full-bodied. The great terroir comes through and the wine is distinctive, singular, opulent and rich. Another fabulous success from Paul Hobbs and one more showcase wine for this great vineyard. Anticipated maturity: now-2032sumptuous nose of blueberries, black raspberry jam and wet rocks that provide a hedonistic blast of fruit as well as exceptional minerality. With glorious richness in the mouth, fabulous purity, a skyscraper-like texture and an elegant style without heaviness, this sensational and compelling Cabernet Sauvignon should be one of the superstars of what looks to be a vintage loaded with big hitters. It should age effortlessly for 20+ years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date October 16 & 18

Growing Season The 2012 growing season has been described by many as “textbook perfect”. Temperate summer days moderated plant growth, contributing to smaller cluster and berry size during lag phase, leading to increased concentration of flavors. An idyllic Indian summer finished the maturation process, producing fruit with exceptional character and intensity.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested, picked at night
• Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
• Fermented in small, closed top, stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 30 days total maceration
• Gentle pumpovers and delestage
• Aged 20 months in French Oak barrels; 100% new
• Coopers: Taransaud, Darnajou, Radoux, Baron
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Varietal Composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2014