After last year’s review from Jeb Dunnuck who said in part about the 2018, “Possibly the wine of the vintage...100 points”, we’re back with another stunner from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard. Dr. George B. Crane planted his vineyard in the city of St. Helena back in 1858. Here the Cabernet comes to us flawless, and the wines demonstrate that quality. On the nose, you’re greeted with aromas of chocolate covered cherries, toasted almonds, clove, and Kirshwasser. This is a complex wine on the palate teasing with clove, vanilla, and black olive. The herbal notes in the glass are driven by flavors of grilled leeks, roasted Brussel sprouts, and crisp pancetta. Not to be outdone, the finish delivers elements of plum, nutmeg, pink peppercorn, and intense raspberry on structured, silky and polished tannins which leave you wanting this bottle to never end. Truly a stunner from start to finish!
97 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck
"Also a classic expression of its terroir, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Lithology Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard boasts a ripe, opulent, powerful style as well as notes of darker currants, tobacco, lead pencil, chocolate, and gravelly earth. I always find a Graves-like richness as well as a sense of earth from this site, and this beauty has it all in spades. Full-bodied, ripe, and polished on the palate, it stays relatively compact and will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age."
96 POINTS - Vinous
"The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Lithology Dr. Crane Vineyard is one of the most supple, racy wines in this range. Crushed flowers, spice, mint and sweet dried cherry all grace this midweight, inviting Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense, plush and explosive, with remarkable purity of fruit, the Dr. Crane impresses with its total sense of harmony and balance. Dr. Crane often yields Cabernets of seductive plushness, as is very much the case here." -- Antonio Galloni