• Producer: Vice Versa
  • Winemakers: Patrice Breton & Philippe Melka
  • Region (AVA): Napa Valley (St. Helena)
  • Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage production: c.200 cases
  • Winery location: St. Helena
  • Owner: Patrice Breton
  • First vintage: 2014
  • Drinking window: 2022-2042+

 

About The Wine

 

Like To Kalon and Las Piedras, Dr. Crane is a true first growth vineyard of Napa Valley. Nestled unassumingly in the midst of a residential neighborhood in St. Helena, the gravelly loam soils that give life to these vines are steadfast and faithful. The site, which shares a Sulphur Creek alluvial fan with Las Piedras, has experienced the complete evolution of the wine industry from its inception to prohibition - when this land became home to St. Helena’s Chinatown - to its current state of acclaim. Beckstoffer Vineyards acquired the historic vineyard in 1997 and replanted the vines a year later. Everything it has seen, every story its soil has heard, is infused in the grapes that thrive here.

 

Vice Versa Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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  • "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard just about jumps out of the glass with its huge nose of ripe currants, cassis, gravelly earth, rocky minerality, chocolate, and spring flowers. Deep, full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it shows more elegance and finesse than you’d expect given the nose, and the balance is spot on, it has pure, ripe tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. This beautiful, complete Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will benefit from short-term bottle age and evolve for 20-25 years."

    98+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar. 2022)

     

    "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is a barrel sample with a deep garnet-purple color. It needs a fair bit of swirling to release bold scents of baked blackcurrants, boysenberries and black cherry compote plus suggestions of garrigue, crushed rocks, tobacco leaf and lavender. Full-bodied, the palate has impressive energy with wonderfully vibrant black fruits and firm, exquisitely ripe tannins with bold freshness, finishing long with loads of floral and mineral sparks."

    97-100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Mar. 2021)