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2008 C-Beck Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 C-Beck Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley *Coppola's ✫ Winemaker


 
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OK - this is killer. From Corey Beck, (AKA: President & Director of Winemaking for Francis Ford Coppola and whose grandfather was the acclaimed vineyard manager for Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena) and his wife & partner Claudia Beck (Founder of Auberge du Soleil, it's a Cab that proves access is all about relationships.

A new world production for Caymus, HALL and Pine Ridge fans, it's relatively low on the radar and typically available only through the winery's mailing list or in select, high end restaurants. Showcasing an undeniable prowess for the grape, it delivers what one expects from a winemaker of this caliber; what our Panel all agreed is the "total knockout' we'd hoped for".

Smack in the middle of its drinking window, it's balanced, food-friendly Cab with layers of concentrated dark fruit flavors of cassis, blackberry, and plum, enveloped in complex mocha, oak, and spice notes, capped off with velvety tannins.  


Things to Know:

Talk about star talent: in 2012 the San Francisco International Wine Competition gave Beck its André Tchelistcheff “Winemaker of the Year.”

A native of Calistoga, Calif., winemaker Corey Beck grew up around vineyards; his grandfather, John Rolleri, was the vineyard manager for Chateau Montelena in the 1970s and ’80s. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Beck went to work for Chateau Montelena as the Napa Valley winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon cellar master after his 1994 graduation from the University of California, Davis, with a bachelor’s degree in enology.

This 100% varietal Cab comes from hillside vines in Calistoga. Cabs from Barlow fruit get 90+ scores from critics year after year. The vineyard was replanted in the 1980’s so we’re talking mature fruit that’s really coming into its stride.

Fruit is picked at optimal ripeness, sorted twice by hand then finished in French oak, with 50% new, for 20 months. These drink well on release, but could just as easily be cellared for a few years too. 2008 production was a miniscule 175 cases.

Winemakers’ Notes:      
“Aromatically the wine offers ripe black cherry with hints of sweet vanilla. The palate is soft and luscious with flavors of dark plum and blackberry, finishing with soft supple tannins.”

Corey Beck was born and raised in Calistoga, where from the age of twelve, he spent his summers working alongside his grandfather, who was the vineyard manager at Chateau Montelena. Those summers with his grandfather inspired Corey's love affair with wine. Upon graduating in 1994 with a degree in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis, he returned to Chateau Montelena as Cellar Master. Four years later, Corey joined the winemaking team at Rubicon Estate (formerly Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery), where he met Claudia, who was then Chateau Director.

Claudia, whose family created the world-renowned Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, as well as her sister Bettina's highly acclaimed Angele Restaurant in Napa, acquired a passion for wine and haute cuisine at an early age. Her European background and appreciation for how wine and food should complement one another has greatly influenced the style of wines we produce.

Over the course of nearly two decades, Corey has experimented with farming methods, fermentation techniques and barrel selections. Each vintage is an opportunity to glean new insights into this craft. The result of all these experiences is that we've learned where the best fruit grows and have developed the artistry to bottle some pretty remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon.

Try this with braised stews, grilled meat or charcuterie, or a roaring fire and a good book all pair well with this elegant cab.

Wine Ratings

"Very Good"- Wine Enthusiast 

93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

"Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in 50% new French oak barrels, this is a flamboyant wine. It’s enormous in blackberries, cola, sweet licorice and cedar flavors, and the tannins are very refined. Forward and jammy, it’s a flashy wine to drink over the next several years. "— Wine Enthusiast 

This is a Classic Napa Cabernet, deep and dark color, with dark berries on the nose, a full and extracted palate and a bone dry palate.  Expect cranberry, black cherry, vanilla and plum compote, with balanced acids and a relaxed texture.  Really a pleasant wine that will do just fine with or without dinner.  Drink now through 2020. - DZ Aug, 2015

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