2017 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian'

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2021 - 2033 (Edit)
CT96.5 7 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • srh Likes this wine:

    January 11, 2020 - Winebar [1 Rosé, 3 Whts, & 8 Reds] from 01/10/20 + 5 Shared Bottles (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): John L., I can't thank you *enough* for sharing this FABULOUS wine with me! [P.S., please *do* leave a note here IF I've credited this to the WRONG producer of this vyd. If you could then list the proper producer, I'll fix it.] ;)

    “The Dr.Crane Vyd, known for producing some Napa Valley ‘greats,’ was first harvested in 1858. It sits on a deep alluvial fan produced by Sulfur Springs Creek. The current vyd was replanted in 1998 by Andy Beckstoffer. A large cache of prestigious wineries produce wine from its fruit. We have selected seven rows of Clone 337 C.S. where we have ability to control the crop management & picking brix.” 150 cases produced.

    N: SMOKE considerably atop RIPE berries with notes of choc & pyrazines pushing forward with swirling; Intensity lurking?

    P: Med body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) met by a hint of astringent pucker which stays in contact with the init frt as it SEAMLESSLY transitions into a VERY LONG, *impeccably* BALANCED finish with an ELEGANT tangy/swtness to the few, but still firming, INNOCUOUS, dusty tannins. For now, & unless the frt is currently masking underlying structure, through '23? VERY stylishly done, & IMPOSSIBLE for me to disfavor even though it may already be @ its zenith, & I don't necessarily see it making "old bones". 15.1% ABV; My EXC+ (94,95/100 using that metric). 97-99 pts Dunnuck (1/’19) & 94 WA (Perrotti-Brown, 10/’19).

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 95 points

    December 9, 2019 - Myriad, Quivet, and others: So…Much…Cassis…. and black cherry liqueur on the front of this wine right now. This sample was all about the frontal push of heavy gobs of cherry, cherry, cherry. It’s like a bulldog with its humungous tank-head gnawing on a pack of Skittles and then licking you in the face with all of its salivating love and sweet elation. It’s a lot of take in right now, so wear your Spring Break goggles and snorkeling gear if you plan to mess around with this in the near future. It’s a bit excited and unresolved at the moment. A boozy fruitiness on the back end picks up a bit of heat and slight bitterness at adds to the wild merrymaking. 95+ points.

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  • Tmud Likes this wine: 98 points

    November 28, 2019 - Oh man. This is an incredible wine. Certainly on par with some of the Carter Beckstoffer wines that Mike produces. Dark ruby in color with medium viscosity. Vanilla caramel on the nose along with tons of dark fruit. Palate contains milk chocolate, cherry cordial, vanilla cream, and perhaps a touch of sandalwood. Low to medium acidity with perfectly integrated tannins. Overall an absolutely delightful wine

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 97 points

    November 1, 2019 - Opened in the bottle for 3-5 hours and I thought this killed it from the start. Silky smooth, lighter and more elegant than 12-16. Also higher acidity with a prominent mineral/earth component to it. Obviously still a Myriad so yes it’s packed full off ultra ripe and luxurious fruit. Depth is provided by the usual attack of extracted vanilla, cherry syrup, cassis liqueur, and molten milk chocolate. Like the 2017 Myriad George III this is a major success for the vintage. Needs some time to mellow out but this was hard to put down and only got better with time.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 18, 2019 - Aromatic and expressive nose of blackberries, raspberries, black cherries, violets, hints of char and scorched earth. This needs some time to work through the alcohol, as at present that is somewhat dominating. Displays fine, silky and solid tannin structure, with excellent layering, especially for this vintage. As has become a signature of 2017, it's a bit more red fruited, more acidic and goes higher on the register than 2012-2016. There's lot of minerality and earthy notions that give it excellent character. The fruit is nevertheless pure and vibrant, without the harsh and bitter mid-palate that has felled some higher end valley floor cabs from this vintage (and may very well be not just underripe, but the taboo smoke taint in some). Nice, medium length finish. All in all, this is a winner for the vintage but needs some time in bottle to bring the elements together.

    8 people found this helpful Comments (5)
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2017 & 2018 Napa Valley In Depth (Jan 2020), 1/1/2020 (link)

    (Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Elysian Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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

    (Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Elysian Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type Red
  • Producer Myriad Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Reserve
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian'
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 26 (4%)
  • In Cellars 685 (94%)
  • Consumed 18 (2%)

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