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Myriad Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Elysian 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

The Beckstoffer Dr. Crane is undoubtedly one of the finest vineyards in St. Helena, and its wines are unmistakable. This Dr. Crane blend incorporates a larger percentage of Darnajou French Oak barrels in the blend which infuses a more rounded tannin and layered structure. Loaded with river rock minerality, deep pure fruit and complexity, this vineyard has everything they look for in premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark to the rim in the glass, this enormously concentrated wine boasts elements of crushed red and black fruits, cassis, dark chocolate and graphite. The glycerin like texture in the mid palate echoes the above notes and relays layers of fruit across the spectrum. The unreal levels of complexity really stand out as this wine flirts with finesse, power and persistence from start to finish. Decant for 6-8 hours in the first few years or hold this beauty for 8-10 years so it can release its inner core of pure Napa Valley power.

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JD 97
Jeb Dunnuck
Unquestionably the largest scaled and most concentrated in the lineup, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Elysian is a deep, unctuous, yet incredibly elegant beauty that does everything right. Its inky purple color is followed by heavenly notes of crème de cassis, blueberry liqueur, burning embers and dark chocolate. It picks up a floral edge with time in the glass, has sensational depth and richness, and a seamless finish, all while playing in the more forward style of the vintage. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades of more.
RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Elysian shows more chocolate and lead pencil notes, in a spicy, earthy style that come across like a great La Mission Haut-Brion. Rich blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, low acidity and ripe tannin are luxurious, if not extravagant. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
JS 94
James Suckling
This is very tight and focused with incredible depth of fruit and richness yet it's bright and intense. Fresh and fleshy! Full and fruity. Needs at least three to five years to open.
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St. Helena

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St. Helena is in the heart of the Napa Valley, nestled between Calistoga to the north and Rutherford on its southern border. On its western side, the Mayacamas Mountains guard it from the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean; to its east stand the Vaca Mountains. In conjunction, these mountain ranges serve to lock in summer daytime heat. But in the evening, cool air from the San Pablo Bay funnels up through the valley, creating very chilly nights. It isn’t uncommon for temperatures to drop 50 degrees, a shift that promotes a balance of sugar ripeness and acidity in wine grapes.

St. Helena contains a plethora of different soil types in a small area, which have been enhanced over centuries by rain runoff from both mountain ranges. Its vineyards cover a variety of terrain, spreading across the bucolic valley floor and its benchlands.

These ideal topographic and climatic growing conditions easily caught the attention of early winemaking pioneers. In fact, St. Helena is the birthplace of Napa Valley’s commercial wine industry. Dr. Crane founded his cellar in 1859, David Fulton in 1860 and Charles Krug in 1861.

Today there are no less than 400 separate vineyards planted within the 12,000 acres that make up the St. Helena appellation.

Revered most for its red wines based on Bordeaux varieties, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, the St. Helena appellation is also a source of superior Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon blanc.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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