Nose

On the nose, opulent aromas of graphite, crushed blackberry, and savory herbs lend warmth to the overall experience.

Palate

Silky on the palate with powerful yet seamlessly integrated tannins and focused flavors of cassis, cacao, and garrigue.

Growing Conditions

A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop.

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered; June, 2017.

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted while still cold from the field  Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  5-6 day cold soak, 32 day total maceration  Gentle pumpovers and délestage  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new Coopers: Baron, Darnajou, Taransaud

Appearance

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, opaque ruby red, displays a certain profundity in its appearance.

Food Pairing

This refined and feminine cabernet sauvignon will pair lusciously with braised beef short ribs, or a grilled lamb chop topped with wild mushrooms and shallots. Serve at 50°-55° F.