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2015

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vnyd
St. Helena, Napa Valley

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, opaque ruby red, displays a certain profundity in its appearance. On the nose, opulent aromas of graphite, crushed blackberry, and savory herbs lend warmth to the overall experience. Silky on the palate with powerful yet seamlessly integrated tannins and focused flavors of cassis, cacao, and garrigue. This refined and feminine cabernet sauvignon will pair lusciously with braised beef short ribs, or a grilled lamb chop topped with wild mushrooms and shallots. Serve at 50°-55° F.

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99 Points Wine Advocate

“Deep garnet-purple, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard leaps from the glass with opulent crème de cassis, raspberry tart and black forest cake notions plus underlying cigar box, mocha, licorice and forest floor suggestions. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and decadently generous in the mouth, it has a firm, velvety foundation and wonderful precision, featuring an invigorating lift on the very long, multilayered and provocatively earthy finish.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date September 19th

Growing Season A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop.

Winemaking

Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
5-6 day cold soak, 32 day total maceration
Gentle pumpovers and délestage
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new
Coopers: Baron, Darnajou, Taransaud
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottled unfined and unfiltered;