2018 Bevan Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2023 - 2043 (Edit)
CT95.6 10 reviews
Label borrowed from 2019

Community Tasting Notes 10

  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    May 24, 2021 - If you know Bevan and you know Crane, then this inaugural interpretation of the lauded site won’t come as any surprise. Big, deep, concentrated, intense, and all those other Schwarzenegger-type descriptors that have been continuously used to describe modern takes on Crane aptly apply here. Fans of this style can place this in the same bin as other Cranes before it from Elysian to B Cellars, Vice Versa to Memento Mori, Realm to, well, now Bevan, Crane followers can add this to the throngs of juicy black cherry fruitiness out on full display for all to gobble up.

    As for the question about any distinct markers in which Bevan has specifically made for his representation? Not surprisingly, there is quite a bit of extra flex here, a bit more mid-palate thud, and a bit more punch on the finish. So basically, a bit more of everything turned up an extra notch a-la This Is Spinal Tap. Again, those who know Bevan shouldn’t be floored by this at all. Currently there is marked acidity to counterbalance the ripe and reduced fruit, keeping it from becoming too thick or sluggish and adding the essential speed needed to keep it in-step. There is a slight tug-of-war with the banging alcohol on the finish that clatters the fruit expansion currently, but the viscosity seems to be winning the fight and I’d imagine will ultimately prove more seamless in the coming years. It will never be a subtle wine and is on the liberal end of modernity. Crane-wise, the comparative opposite pole might be Arrow & Branch’s version of Crane, with a more regimented execution and throttled-back gushing of flavor immediacy.

    94-96+ points, with certain upside in 5-7+ years (and beyond), as I think the acidity (or at least the perception of acidity) here will hopefully make for a longer-lived Crane than some of the “just rich” versions that are floating around out there and have been known to collapse under the weight of their own fruit before even getting close to the decade from vintage mark.

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  • msuwine wrote: 93 points

    May 15, 2021 - I’ll add my voice to the CT consensus: wait, wait, wait, (did you hear me.... yeah, you, the guy who likes young wines... wait) on this one! Even though I've enjoyed many of the 2018s in the early going (unlike a lot of my CT brethren), this round and juicy Cabernet needs another few years, since right now it's too plush and polished to be that exciting. Cherry red in color and full in body, the wine offers aromas of pie cherry, licorice, and menthol. The flavors are similarly ripe, with notes of raspberry (the kind picked a week too late, where the flavor is there but the precision is not), along with cherry cola, milk chocolate, and sage, followed by a sweet finish. 14.8% alcohol. Wait to open until 2022 or 2023.

    I’ve been looking forward to this wine ever since I read that Russel was coming to Crane, but this wine is not showing its cards right now. I’ve only had one other 2018 Crane, an Anthony Bulgheroni made by Philippe Melka that showed not just deep blue fruit (a given from this vineyard, one of my favorites) - but also savory, earthy, and lively notes. Maybe it needs a Herculean decant (or #1Winelover's experience of trying it on the second day), but this wine remained monolithic as I followed it over six hours. 92-93 at the moment, but give it a few years: there might be greatness in this bottle, but it’s currently hiding.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 7, 2021 - Long night, no notes but this wine didn’t come off as a typical Bevan nor as other Dr Cranes I have had over the last couple of years. Will hold this for another couple years before opening.

    7 people found this helpful Comments (4)
  • Artbreadman Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 7, 2021 - 94 right now. Deep, dark and brooding. Very solid with tons of upsides. The earlier comments piqued my interest so I couldn’t resist trying one early.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 96 points

    March 7, 2021 - Definitely not Bordeaux. Slightly green at first but quickly opened up. Massively ripe and approachable with few sharp edges. It’s pure size/heft ensures it will age five years or so but very good now.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bevan Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena

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  • Pending Delivery 37 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1,059 (92%)
  • Consumed 54 (5%)

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