2016 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2022 - 2037 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 12

  • GQG Likes this wine: 95 points

    June 3, 2020 - A year ago this wine needed 4 hours of decanting to coax the tannins into line. This time 'round that all happened in about 2 hours and with a big improvement in clarity, too, as if a veil was pulled off and the dark red and blue fruit snapped into focus. There is a smoky note here along with the Crane minerality that I found satisfying after some air time. Needs a few more years of slumber, hopefully continuing to hone its precision. 95+

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  • Franken Berry wrote: 94 points

    January 9, 2020 - I was bit surprised that this wine came across tannic and with heavy alcohol bite on the initial approach. Took about two hours to dissipate, but eventually the sweet blueberry fruit, with mineral notes, lead pencil and spice shown through. A somewhat atypical bottle from alpha omega, in my limited experience with this winery. Fortunately, I have two more to lay down for later

  • csimm1161 wrote: 93 points

    June 8, 2019 - 2016 Dr. Crane comparative blind taste-off (Saint Helena - Vice Versa cave): Black currant and earthy minerality here on the front end of the attack. Deeply pitched black…very black…cherry, and some chocolate, pyrazine, and anise. Green peppercorn and black rock show up as well, with an almost overly-earthy Las Piedras kind of profile. So vastly different from the other wines in terms of richness. Finished a little flat, linear, and at times, kinda crunchy.

    This was my #9 of the 9 wines sampled.

  • Cristal2000 wrote: 92 points

    June 8, 2019 - 2016 Dr Crane Blind Wine Comparison (Vice Versa Cave): #9 of 9 on my card and #9 of 9 overall. Of all the wines in the tasting, this was the only one that didn't reflect the vineyard at all. Instead of the hallmark blueberries, violets and stone notes associate with Dr Crane, this was smokey, with burnt embers and charcoal. On the palate it was not bad per se, but it was the most austere and had no sense of place. More medium bodied, it was hard to really find anything I enjoyed in this wine vs the rest of the lineup.

  • GQG Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 30, 2019 - A lifted floral nose leads into a full-bodied, pure medley of blackberry and dark cherry fruit and earth. Smoothly textured but firm tannins that loosened nicely but that took 4 hours in the decanter. Needs another few years to come together.

    This Dr. Crane was my favorite of the 2016 A-O offerings (Era, BTK, etc.) during my tasting in October 2018. Scored 95+ as it will improve with time in the bottle.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    North Coast Part 1: Napa Valley's Incredible 2016s, 1/31/2019 (link)

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    Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets (Dec 2018), 12/1/2018 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Alpha Omega
  • 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 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 894 (88%)
  • Consumed 121 (12%)

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