The Debate Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The Debate Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, St Helena
Brand The Debate
Alcohol/vol 15%
Of all the sites, Dr. Crane is the warmest, and has the most extracted style. Because of this the wine has a very rich and velvety palate with candied fruit on the finish.
Wine Advocate
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Deep inky-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard reveals a beautiful, floral nose of violets and potpourri wafting over the expressive core of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries and blackberries plus hints of pencil lead, tree bark, Chinese five spice and Sichuan pepper. The palate is simply mind-blowing, offering this incredible intensity, depth of black fruit and spicy flavors in a wonderfully elegant medium to full-bodied palate, with exquisitely fine tannins to frame and bags of freshness on the finish. Very impressive Cab!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 30, 2017
Jeb Dunnuck
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Starting off with the 2015s, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane is primordial and backward, with a deep purple color and barrel sample-like notes of blueberries, tobacco leaf, liquid violets, plums and damp earth. These give way to a huge, unctuous and sweetly fruited beauty that has the telltale sweetness of fruit of the 2015 vintage (the wine is completely dry) as well as a deep, concentrated mid-palate, ample underlying structure and a massive finish. Forget bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following two to three decades.

December 29, 2017
Wine Enthusiast
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From the great site in the heart of St. Helena, this is a thick, rich red, brimming in delicious layers of cherry liqueur, graham cracker and black licorice. Complex, it is lushly crafted with robust body and structure, built to last and the tannins soften over time. Enjoy 2025-2030.

Virginie Boone, June 1, 2019
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A rich, sumptuous wine, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane takes all of the attributes of this site and dials them up. Powerful and exotically ripe, this flamboyant Cabernet will appeal to readers who enjoy the riper, more exuberant side of Napa Valley. This is a gorgeous wine.

Antonio Galloni, March 2018
Wine Spectator
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Plush, brimming with ripe, juicy blackberry, black licorice, spice and cedar flavors and supported by smooth tannins that slowly build strength, most evidently on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 550 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2018