Realm Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard does not disappoint. Deep garnet-purple colored, it flies out of the glass with gregarious scents of black cherries, blueberries and boysenberries plus hints of potpourri, sandalwood, Chinese five spice, cast-iron pan and fragrant earth. Characteristically full-bodied, rich and full-on seductive, the palate is packed with generous, perfumed black fruits, supported by firm, ripe tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing mineral-laced and with epic persistence.
Winemaker Benoit Touquette hit a home run with the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, which is possibly the wine of the vintage. Based mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon from a magical, first growth site just outside of St. Helena, it reveals a deep purple hue as well as powerful notes of blackcurrant liqueur, chocolate, unsmoked tobacco, and gravelly earth. With its full-bodied richness, sweet tannins, and opulent texture, you'd never guess it came from the 2017 vintage. It's a remarkable achievement for an incredibly talented team. I suspect it might close down with 2-4 years of bottle age, so I'd either try a bottle immediately on release or do your best to hold off for 7-8 years.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is gorgeous. Pliant and supple in feel, with lovely freshness, the Crane shows just how alluring 2017 can be in the right hands. Super-ripe, inky red/purplish fruit, lavender, spice and rose petal are all front and center in this wonderfully expressive Cabernet. Even with all of its richness, the 2017 shows off its terrific sense of energy, too. Best of all, the 2017 will drink well with minimal cellaring