2010 Beckstoffer Vineyards The Debate (3 bottles)
Cabernet Sauvignon •Missouri-Hopper, Dr. Crane, To-Kalon
California: Napa Valley
We are thrilled to afford you a very unique opportunity! The Debate is a special three-pack, made up of three 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from three of the most famous Cabernet vineyards in the Napa Valley, Beckstoffer’s Dr. Crane, To-Kalon and Missouri-Hopper Vineyards. These three 2010s were made by Master Winemaker Jean Hoefliger, from hand-selected lots of grapes from these three fabled vineyards. Fruit from these three Beckstoffer vineyard sources can be found in some of the finest (and most exclusive) Cabs in the world.
When presented with the opportunity to make wines from these three vineyard sources, master winemaker Jean Hoefliger was inspired to ask, Which vineyard produces the best wine? Enter The Debate. Utilizing the same vineyard management techniques, the same winemaking techniques, and the same barrel program for each of these three vineyards, Jean crafted three distinct Napa Cabs. This process resulted in three mind-blowingly superb wines, each rated by Robert Parker over 90 Points, and each delicious in their own unique way.
Which one is the best? You be the judge of that, dear Operative! This 3-Pack allows you to decide for yourself which vineyard produces the best Napa Cab. Much like Presidential Debates, these opportunities don’t come around very often. Don’t miss out!
Drink now, or cellar for up to a decade or more. Decant for optimal enjoyment.
Here are some important details about these wines:
Missouri-Hopper Vineyard - 90 Points This wine is bursting with fresh fruit, with plenty of sweet plum, boysenberry, and raspberry bursting from the glass. On the palate, this fruit notes are blended with dark baking spices and terroir flavors of fresh cedar wood and berry bramble to create a lush, supple Cabernet.
Dr. Crane Vineyard - 90 Points A shade darker than the Missouri-Hopper, this wine is silky and smooth, with a near perfect Napa Cab profile - bold dark fruit, slight spice, and a fantastic structure in the finish. Incredibly elegant, this wine has lovely herbal qualities, with an almost Old World refinement not found often.
To-Kalon Vineyard - 91 Points The biggest wine of the three, the To-Kalon is almost a perfect balance between the previous two wines. Loaded with fruit and spice, but with great structure and an amazingly smooth finish, this was the favorite of our tasting panel. A lovely touch of caramel lingers on the tip of the tongue as finish slowly fades.
What the Winery Says
90 Point Review - Missouri-Hopper Vineyard (Wine Advocate) Another excellent effort, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missourri-Hopper is not as explosively fruity as the To Kalon, and plays it closer to the vest. Concentrated and medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, plenty of blue, red and black fruits, and good overall equilibrium, it should drink well for 10-12+ years
90 Point Review - Dr. Crane Vineyard (Wine Advocate) The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard reveals a quasi-La Mission Haut-Brion, smoky, hot rock, gravelly component as well as medium to full body, plenty of blueberry and black currant fruit, and a juicy mid-palate. While it does not have as much complexity as some offerings from this vineyard, there is enough here to merit an outstanding score. Moreover, I think it will last for a decade or more
91 Point Review - To-Kalon Vineyard (Wine Advocate) The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard possesses a similar dense opaque purple color, slightly sweeter creme de cassis and boysenberry fruit, terrific purity, a full-bodied texture, silky tannin and nicely integrated wood and acidity. This beauty should drink well for 10-15 years.
- Jean Hoefliger
- 90 Points, 90 Points, 91 Points - Wine Advocate
- Napa Valley, California
About the Winery
After more than 40 years of cultivating Napa Valley wine grapes, we today farm more than 1,000 acres in the Napa Valley, over 1,300 acres in Mendocino County and over 1,300 acres in the Red Hills of Lake County, which holds significant promise for the cultivation of high-end Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Respecting the different characteristics of each of these winegrowing regions, we employ customized, sustainable farming practices at each vineyard site, designed to ensure optimal, local growing conditions for grape varieties that are the foundation for exceptional wines.