Our block of Dr. Crane sits on the edge of an old creek bed that once carried rock and gravel from the mountainsides of Spring Mountain. Here, a perfect mix of drainage and stress produce a wine with definite "Wow" factor. Dark garnet translucently extends from the core to the rim. A signature richness of crème de cassis-fills the nose, followed by scents of crystallized blackberries, pie cherries, scorched earth and Crème Brûlée that leap from the glass. Healthy, impressive & blue succulent fruits produce an intoxicating multidimensional mouthfeel. If the mid pallet grabbed you watch out for the finish - it will seal the deal. Concentrated dark and red fruits from across the spectrum married with dark chocolate form a long and powerful finish that sails on, leaving echoes of exotic clove, and toasted graham cracker spice. A very impressive young wine. Decant for 4-5 hours when young or age for 8-10 years to bring out hidden nuances and layers.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, tips the scales at 14.9% alcohol and is stunning again, but not at the ethereal level of the 2013. Yet, it's still mind-boggling, rich and full with blue and black fruits, white flowers and incredible, full-bodied, unctuosity. Drink it over the next 15 years.