2018 Beckstoffer Vineyards Heritage Wines

Each vintage, we are proud to produce a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from each of Andy Beckstoffer’s six Heritage Vineyards. B Cellars is especially proud of its long-term partnership with legendary and pioneering grower, Andy Beckstoffer. With a portfolio of seven single-vineyard heritage wines, the B Cellars – Beckstoffer partnership offers some of the region’s best wines, produced from the most sought after vineyards in Napa Valley. We have nurtured our partnership with Beckstoffer Vineyards since our founding in 2003 and continue to be one of the few wineries in the Napa Valley that produces a wine from each of the six Heritage Vineyards.

The 2018 vintage produced wines of extreme grace, with bright and luscious fruit flavors on the palate, supported by elegant tannins. They drink well now, but they will also age for long into their second decade.

2018 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

Planted to vineyards for over 150 years, Beckstoffer Las Piedras traces its history back to the original Mexican land grants. In the 1840’s European settler Edward Bale planted the property, a wedding gift from General Vallejo, to Mission grapes. It became the first vineyard planted in what is now the St. Helena appellation and saw the first wine varietals planted in 1860. In 1983 Beckstoffer Vineyards purchased the property and planted it to two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Impressed with the quality of the gravelly soil, the farmworkers named the vineyard Las Piedras, which means “little pebbles”.

Intrigue builds almost immediately with a deep, dark-purple color taunting any light to escape. The nose is enticing – notes of pure cocoa powder and cedar swirl around aromas of blueberry, plums, and currants. Seductive flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate persist on the palate and a prominent minerality (pebbly, gravelly soils) adds to a dense and rich texture. Fine-grained tannins give a firm, earthy finish.

2018 Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

B Cellars is especially proud of its long-term partnership with legendary and pioneering grower, Andy Beckstoffer. With a portfolio of seven single-vineyard heritage wines, the B Cellars – Beckstoffer partnership offers some of the region’s best wines, produced from the most sought after vineyards in Napa Valley. We have nurtured our partnership with Beckstoffer Vineyards since our founding in 2003 and continue to be one of the few wineries in the Napa Valley that produces a wine from each of the six Heritage Vineyards.

Beckstoffer’s Georges III Vineyard consistently produces a dark and densely hued Cabernet. The nose is a bouquet of black fruits and cassis. Rich on the palate, it gives a liqueur like texture. Bold, rich flavors of currants, blackberries, and dark cherries blend with mocha and the characteristic earthy “Rutherford Dust” undertones. It finishes with a sturdy structure, mildly chewy tannins, and elegant harmony.

2018 Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

William Bowers Bourn II, considered the last Bonanza King of the California Gold Rush, purchased his vineyard in St. Helena in 1872 as a family home and much of the original vineyard land remains in the care of his descendants to this day. A portion of the original vineyard was purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 2010. Planted with head-trained, old-growth Petite Syrah and various clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, the Beckstoffer Bourn vineyard is the newest Heritage vineyard.

An inky monster of a wine; deep purple color with a garnet rim. The aromas pour out. – lots of boysenberry jam, cocoa, eucalyptus and mission fig; some exotic spice follows and accents the fruit wonderfully. The palate is rich – Kirsch, pencil shavings, pipe tobacco, black cherry and herbs de provence; the tannins are young, but, meet the fruit right in the middle. There’s no mistaking this wine emanates from a Beckstoffer vineyard. We expect the wine the wine to age gracefully for many years to come – however fans of California fruit will want to drink this early.

2018 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa pioneer Dr. George Belden Crane originally planted >Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard in 1858. During the 1920’s the Chinatown of the City of St. Helena was located on the site. Acquired by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1997, the vineyard’s gravelly loam soils were replanted in 1998 to multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This is one of three* Beckstoffer Heritage vineyards that exist within one square mile of each other. It is because of Andy Beckstoffers experience, vision, and respect for the land that each vineyard imparts its own distinct characteristics to the fruit it produces.

The 2018 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a hedonistic expression of the St. Helena appellation. It has a deep purple-black color and expresses bold notions of kirsch, raspberry pie, blackberry preserves and redcurrant jelly with hints of pencil shavings and wild thyme. The palate is full-bodied, firm and chewy, it has a pleasant bitter component to the red and black fruits. It finishes long and velvety with a delicate herbal lift.

2018 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Cabernet Franc

Dr. Crane Vineyard has become synonymous with world class wine. This historic vineyard is found in Saint Helena and is owned by Andy Beckstoffer who has carved his reputation upon his appreciation for meticulous farming and movement toward sustainability. Rooted in the heart of the Saint Helena AVA, this vineyard was originally planted in 1859 by Napa pioneer Dr. George Belden Crane. The vineyard was replanted from 1998 utilizing modern trellising, multiple clones, and closer vine spacing.

Our Dr. Crane Vineyard designate Cabernet Franc starts with an irrisistable garnet color that can only be matched by the aromas of ripe black plum, baked cherry pie, and fresh boysenberry. Subtle hints of cocoa, graphite and garden herbs gently emerge on the palate. The fusion of an indulgent mouth-feel, spighty tannins and harmonious yet generous finish will appease any yearning for a great wine.

To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

The B Cellars – Beckstoffer partnership offers some of the region’s best wines, produced from the most sought after vineyards in Napa Valley. We have nurtured our partnership with Beckstoffer Vineyards since our founding in 2003 and continue to be one of the few wineries in the Napa Valley that produces a wine from each of the six Heritage Vineyards.

A barrel sample, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a very deep purple-black colored and gives up expressive notes of creme de cassis, raisin cake, Chinese five spice and dusty soil with a waft of garrigue and dried lavender. The palate is full-bodied, rich and plush with great acidity and a long, spicy finish. Enjoy now – 2045

2018 Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

Missouri Vineyard has become synonymous with world class wine. This historic heritage vineyard is found in Oakville and is owned by Andy Beckstoffer who has carved his reputation upon his appreciation for meticulous farming and movement toward sustainability. This special vineyard is located on the western aluvial fan just north of the town of Yountville. The soil type moderately deep alluvial silty clay loam. The vine’s roots struggle to find water causing them to burrow deep into the earth producing grapes with layered, concentrated and balanced flavors. Oakville has a long- standing reputation for producing cellar worthy wines of incredible character.

Profound, there’s much happening at once. Deep, dark and extracted – it looks viscous. Kirsch wafts off of the top of the wine, it’s got a Pauillac character that resonates immediately. Currants, cherry liqeur, Kona coffee, are all immediately evident. The first sip is a bit tense – it will take time before this beauty relaxes. Full of blackfruits, some sweet anise, cocoa and cherry cola all dominate the palate. The tannins are velvety smooth and play nicely with the fruit.