Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this powerful and beautiful Cabernet comes from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, which is owned and managed by Andy Beckstoffer. The gravelly, loamy soils of the site give the wine Graves-like aromas, and yield about 4 tons per acre. Planted in 1998, the vineyard is showing exceptional promise. Look for inviting aromas of boysenberry, black cherry and dried herbs. The palate gives generous, concentrated flavors of perfectly ripened black and red fruits interlaced with graphite, freshly baked bread and white pepper. The intense fruit and spice elements persist through an extremely long finish.
Wine AdvocateOf the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it's pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane moves more toward the wet rock, blueberry, raspberry fruit spectrum, but still stays dark and foreboding, very concentrated and full-bodied. The great terroir comes through and the wine is distinctive, singular, opulent and rich. Another fabulous success from Paul Hobbs and one more showcase wine for this great vineyard. Anticipated maturity: now-2032.
Wine SpectatorThough tannic at points, this is notably complex and refined in texture and aromas, with a subtle mix of currant, anise, dried berry, cedary oak, tobacco and cigar box on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2028. 1,016 cases made.