Red

2013 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • Rktekt3 wrote: 100 points

    September 15, 2021 - As advertised. Solid.

  • csimm1161 wrote: 94 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): At the French Laundry. A mouthful of ripe fruit illustrative of what one might expect from this house and this site. A whopping wine from a big vintage from a vineyard that often produces succulent fruit-driven wines.

    So then, this is one of those moments when I have to augment my notes with, “Hey I’m just keeping it real here folks,” which undoubtedly means I have some feedback I want to impart that I’m not necessarily super stoked to be sharing at this time about this wine. Ok, to the point… The showing on this wine highlighted a ton of sweet vanilla bean and alcohol that made it hard to tear into the fruit behind the curtain of heat and booze. Tannic is ok with me, but a straight cocktail lounge act performance isn’t what I signed up for with this wine. I know… “Just give it time,” and all that. Well…

    The fruit seems pure and fashioned with skill and talent, but it was especially difficult to get into a groove here. The fruit is certainly ripe, like, really ripe. It has a yum-yum, color bounty anime flavor thing that any ground-pounder would slather over. If you are a Crane fan, you’ll get your dose of ripe black cherry fruit, and then some. But for the coveted nature to which I often attribute to these wines, I want more focus; I want more sophistication; I want less alcohol (which unfortunately isn’t something that necessarily “integrates” with time in bottle). I want to like this more, but I struggle here. And to be clear, this was not a bad wine. It just didn’t meet expectations for me based on the aforementioned. Good, bad, or indifferent, this was just my experience. It was decanted for a total of a few hours. As it came to room temperature, its grip collapsed quite a bit under the weight of the fruit.

    For those holding bottles, I do suggest waiting for a few years. If attempting to open now, I recommend keeping/serving it at a much cooler cellar temperature and giving it a significant decant. Try again after 2025.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • soyhead wrote:

    April 16, 2021 - What am I doing drinking this?
    Don’t ask

    N- oaky
    M - big fruit. I am told this is something special. High alcohol, I can see the allure, barely, but this is someone else’s cup of tea, not mine.

  • greg@newsomehh.com Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 5, 2020 - Spectacular,decanted 2 hours,that great Realm Beckstoffer enjoyed for my 59th

  • greg@newsomehh.com Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 2, 2020 - Spectacular as always
    Beckstoffer Dr. Crane is my Favorite not matter who uses the grapes it just works on my palate

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  • By Matthew Luczy
    Producer Profile of Realm Cellars, 4/7/2019 (link)

    (Realm Cellars, Beckstoffer Dr Crane, Napa Valley, St Helena, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2013 Napa Valley: Once Upon a Time in America… (Oct 2015), 10/1/2015 (link)

    (Realm Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Napa Valley: 2012 and 2013 (Dec 2014), 10/1/2014 (link)

    (Realm Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard St. Helena) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Realm Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 9 (1%)
  • In Cellars 716 (76%)
  • Consumed 218 (23%)

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