2018 Bevan Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena

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  • Jazz Nut wrote:

    December 30, 2020 - Like many single vineyard 2018 Napa Cabernets, WAIT! Or decant. I opened this wine late in the evening with friends, after several other bottles. I don’t have many notes, except to say very young, oak, vanilla, dark fruit. I’ll be holding my remaining bottles for some time! Very similar impressions to other high end 2018s. I think I’ve been spoiled with the openness, opulence, and structure of the 2016 vintage, and my hurry to drink through most 2017s due to the tough vintage. I think when the higher end 2018s come together, they will be impressive. Many people have said 2018 will be one for the record books due to the length and quality of the growing season, and we may need to treat this vintage a bit differently than most Napa vintages.

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  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    12/30/20, 10:29 AM - Thanks Jazz for digging in early and posting. Dr Crane is one of my favorites and was super curious to see how Bevan handled his first vintage with that vineyard. I plan on letting mine sit as I was back and forth on opening due to his more ready to play style. Much appreciated.

  • Jazz Nut commented:

    12/30/20, 10:35 AM - You are very welcome! I wish I had more detailed notes but again it was later in the evening and the wind just wasn’t showing itself much—considering no decant, as well as palate fatigue, etc. I have no doubt that this will turn into a beautiful wine once it integrates. I will also say that I have found Bevan’s to be much more accessible on the early side and that was my reason to open it. I think it’s a good reminder to decant or just simply wait on the single vineyard cabs from this vintage. Friends or open the appellation cabs such as Becklyn, Myriad, Quivet, Bevan Ontogeny, etc. The Becklyn and Quivet are drinking exceptionally well even now.

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    12/30/20, 11:35 AM - Thank you!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    12/30/20, 1:27 PM - I tend to agree with your assessment. I think the 18's are going to need more time than most recent vintages. Tons of potential, but they have a lot of unfurling to do, more acidity in general and are structured for a long life. I was sipping on an 18 Tench EE last night and had similar thoughts. Thanks for the note!

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