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Beckstoffer Dr. Crane

2021 Lithology

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane

Cabernet Sauvignon


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Released — February 1st, 2024

99 points

Winemaker Matt Sands has turned out perfect from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard in St. Helena with his Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in 2021. Here, a barrel sample offers Cabernet Sauvignon as 92% of the blend, with Cabernet Franc filling out the rest. In the typical Lithology style, this is an inky black wine with a sumptuously silky and satiny profile, but in 2021, there is freshness, lift, and tension. The full-bodied palate offers fine, intricate tannins that are assertive yet harmonious with the dark berry fruit. At the same time, a rich vein of iron-like minerality and earth mingles with fragrant cedarwood, herbs and slivers of dark chocolate on a long and satisfying finish—polished, expressive, and delicious, all from an exceptional site in a terrific vintage. I am absolutely a candidate for a 100-point wine and will taste it again in the early months of 2024.

— Johnathan Cristaldi

Tasting Notes

Our Dr. Crane Cab represents the epitome of balance and gracefulness. The trademark lifted, floral nose, with blue fruits accented with berries, earth and spice, leads into a palate that walks the line of vibrancy and power, delicacy aligned with richness and depth, and is our most beguiling, and truly elegant, wine.



Perfectly situated on the west side of Saint Helena with Sulphur Creek running along its northern border, the Dr Crane vineyard is the perfect example of how gravelly, free draining, benchland soils produce some of the most compelling, age-defying wines in all of Napa Valley. These wines are elevated, high-toned, and extraordinarily complex.