2016 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon BBS Beckstoffer Dr. Crane

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2018 - 2028 (Edit)
CT98.6 8 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 points

    May 17, 2021 - I've written quite a bit here already, so I won't go too in-depth specifically on this wine. This was full of depth and flavor expansion from the very beginning. Ripe and rich, but not too sweet (which I very much appreciate), with a texture that gorgeously coats the palate, the BBS Crane is indeed a top shelf representation of the site. This was ready to go on PnP, and even more compelling after an hour or so of slow O2 and some swirling in the glass. Phenomenal stuff.

    Served next to a 2015 VV LPV (not BBS) that was much more linear and reserved - perhaps a product of the vintage and the site. The LPV is a solid performer, but needs more time. The Crane is splayed with fruit flavor.

    My man Cristal2000 keeps trying to sell me on the notion that Crane is the superior site over LPV. I'm reluctant to acquiesce and surrender on this just yet, as I have become sensitive to how plush and "fruity" Cranes can become sometimes. The LPV can be more mulish indeed, but when it shines, it's exactly what I'm looking for. Interestingly, the 2019 VV LPV was an absolute shining rock star compared to the 2019 VV Crane at the time of our recent tasting of the VV barrel samples. So, once again it depends on hitting these wines at the right time. The LPV certainly does seem to have more of a "shut down" period (or whatever the hip term is for it these days) than the Crane generally speaking. As far as this comparison between the 2016 Crane BBS and 2015 LPV (maybe not a fair fight), I will say this: Cristal2000 - You've won the battle, but not the war...

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  • jeffmudd wrote: 98 points

    May 30, 2020 - I gave in a popped one of these tonight and very simply- WOW!!!! Thanks to CellarTracker I found VV and just keep hoping they will increase my allocations. What a beautiful wine this is, WOW!!!

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 points

    December 10, 2019 - Black cherry, blackberry, black rock, deep/dark cassis, and some bitter dark chocolate present a POW-erful unloading on the palate. Back in June when I last sampled this beast, it was behaving more like a cerebral LPV than a Crane.

    Well, the bounty is back with this particular bottle in terms of flavor expansion and the fundamental Spring Break spraying of flashy fruit. It’s a party van with a 1,600 horsepower Bugatti engine. As such, with all of the outpouring of fruit and flavor comes a bit of youthful rocket fuel unfurling on the delivery. It’s quite the undertaking right now, in need of some sleepy time to throttle back on its insanely monstrous strength. It could have benefitted from even more than the couple hours of decanted air we gave it during consumption. It’s certainly on its evolutionary path to greatness and will reward all who are lucky enough to have these in their cellars and patient enough to let it further hone its marvelous stuffing.

    A very special New Year’s Eve kind of wine. Try again on December 31, 2024. A particular thanks to Cristal2000 for sacrificing this gem at dinner. 97-98+ points for now, with a perfect score back in the sights for this wine after 5+ years.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 points

    June 8, 2019 - 2016 Dr. Crane comparative blind taste-off (Saint Helena - Vice Versa cave): Keenly focused and pure blackberry, black cherry, black river rock, and bitter dark chocolate notes fired-off in deliberate succession on the front end of the attack. A more serious wine when compared to the others, gaining traction and elevating interest with each sip. Not the hedonistic flavor-hound type, with the core pulsating with a cadence that marched across the palate. Finished as it started, with an Einstein-esque intellect that honored complexity and a purposefully layered expansion of flavors over an immediacy of full-frontal gratification.

    Upon further revisits, more blackberry and some milk chocolate were unearthed, with the richness slowly rising up to help push the finish further and further into the far reaches of the back end. Focus, precision, and balance were most notable here. By far the most polished of the group. Had I not known this was a Dr. Crane taste-off, I might have guessed this as a top shelf Las Piedras. I was initially surprised this was the Vice Versa BBS (as I suppose I expected it to be more front-loaded with rich flavors), but it made more sense that this wine was crafted more with purity and laser-like focus in mind, which is why this wine made its way at times into my #1 slot, embattled with the Realm, Memento Mori, and Myriad Cranes for top dog.

    98++ points for me in its current state. This settled in as my #4 of the 9 wines sampled. Give it 3-5 years in bottle and you’ll have a Meghan Duchess of Sussex on your hands (whereas, say, the Myriad was more of a Megan Fox – if staying with the whole Megan theme of course). Pick your poison.

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    June 8, 2019 - 2016 Dr Crane Blind Wine Comparison (Vice Versa Cave): #4 of 9 on my card and #4 of 9 overall. Really splitting hairs between #1 and #4 in this group. As you can see from my previous notes on this wine, I absolutely adore it and I have a hard time putting it #4 of anything. On any given day, I would guess this could be right there with Realm at #1.

    This is an enormously concentrated and full bodied version of Dr Crane and is clearly still just a baby. It's a real treat to drink now while coming across perhaps a bit hot due to its massive frame. Violets, cassis and anise with lots of wet stone on the nose. Extremely pure fruit with very powerful and fresh tannins. Lots of primary layers with mineral and earthy notions coming on fast in the mid palate. This finishes like a monster. There is just a ton of densely packed together goodness in this wine. It likely needs a good 4-5 years to really show its best. The most potential of these wines.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Vice Versa
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation BBS
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Dr. Crane
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena

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  • Pending Delivery 5 (3%)
  • In Cellars 152 (81%)
  • Consumed 31 (16%)

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