Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 9



Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

5 cases produced


  • 100% Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard fruit
  • This iconic and historic site is known for its signature richness, fine tannins and dense core of fresh fruit
  • 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 5% of extremely rare Petit Verdot
  • Aged in 100% new French oak barrels

Winemaker Jennifer Williams has blended a masterful wine from the historic Beckstoffer Dr. Crane vineyard, fully capturing the terroir of this very special place. Located in St. Helena, the Arrow&Branch block of Cabernet Sauvignon produces a rich, vibrant and powerful wine with a generous, layered mouthfeel along with velvety tannins. Crafted from balanced and intensely flavored lots, Jennifer finished it with a beautiful, very rare contribution of 5% Petit Verdot, also from Dr. Crane Vineyard, thus creating a wine with dark complexity, power and elegance. Luscious and rich, this Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable and age-worthy, with brilliant minerality and complexity indicative of the Dr. Crane Vineyard. Bottling will occur after 20 to 22 months of aging in 100 percent French oak barrels. This stand-alone masterpiece with dark complexity, power and elegance should prove to be one of the most exciting blends from Arrow&Branch to date.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Jennifer Williams

Winemaker, Arrow&Branch

Winemaker, Jennifer Williams

One of the rising stars of Napa Valley winemaking, Jennifer Williams, was named Winemaker for Arrow&Branch in April 2011. Jennifer takes the reigns at Arrow&Branch. After years of working with and learning from legendary winemakers such as Rosemary Cakebread, Francoise Peschon and the Novak family, Jennifer now brings her outstanding talents and experience to Arrow&Branch.

In 2002, Williams joined Araujo and Spottswoode as a harvest intern, splitting her time between these two great winemaking estates. At Spottswoode, Jennifer was drawn to the philosophy of organic and sustainable farming, which Tony Soter had introduced in 1985. Following harvest, she joined their team full time, working under guru David Abreu in the fields and Rosemary Cakebread in the winery. In 2004, with a deeper understanding of the estate vineyard, she took over as Vineyard Manager and was Spottswoode's Winemaker from 2006 to 2011.

Country born: United States

Education: She attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, set on becoming a large-animal veterinarian. However, through her course work, botany and grape growing caught her attention and in the summer of 1995, she came to the Napa Valley to study viticulture from local growers. Inspired by this experience and having earned a degree in agriculture, she worked in vineyards and wineries in California's Central Coast then took an enologist job at Napa's Trefethen Family Vineyards; later working harvest in Spain's Rioja Alavesa region.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
The San Francisco Chronicle named Jennifer a "Winemaker to Watch" in 2007.

Winemaking Philosophy:
At Spottswoode as at Arrow&Branch, Jennifer was drawn to the philosophy of organic and sustainable farming, which Tony Soter had introduced in 1985.

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