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2013

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
St. Helena, Napa Valley

Sourced from hand selected blocks, this muscular cab shows concentrated notes of cassis and espresso with cool herbal aromas of lavender and wet earth. The brooding palate leads with blueberries, dark chocolate, and minerality. Finishing with stunning intensity, the polished tannins are complemented by graphite and hints of cigar box.

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100 Points Wine Advocate

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard has a Mission Haut-Brion-on-steroids character, as it seems to be all gravel pit. Loads of wet pebbles, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied opulence, and just a killer, skyscraper-like mouthfeel and stunning finish make for one of the most provocative and fabulous wines in this portfolio. Drink it over the next 25+ years. This is world-class and can stand up against anything made in 2013, as could the following wines as well.”
Robert Parker Jr.

97 Points JamesSuckling.com

“This is truly fantastic with lavender, hot stone and black currants. Blueberries. Silky and seamless with glorious length and beauty. ”
James Suckling

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Harvest Date September 25

Growing Season 2013 was a phenomenal growing season in just about every way. A warm, dry spring led to early bud break, limited canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions through bloom and fruit set. An abundance of long sunny days, with only one heat spike in early July, resulted in even ripening and an early harvest with exceptional flavor development. The 2013 vintage offers very high quality wines that are striking in their balance and expression.

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, Marques
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Varietal Composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2015