2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard St. Helena Wine Tasting Note

2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard  (St. Helena) 97

Smoke, lead pencil, dark, red fruits and spice, this is not an upfront wine. It's going to take time and at least 5 years of patience before everything comes fully together. But when you unwrap all those layers of perfectly ripe, dark fruits, spice, earth and cigar box, you'll be happy you waited. The wine feels as good as it tastes, and reinforces that it wants a little nap before popping a cork. The wine was produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Alpha Omega Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

Alpha Omega Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

Alpha Omega Napa Valley, California Cabernet Sauvignon wine producer profile, wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, history of the property, information on their wine making techniques, terroir and soil. You can also read about the Grapes used for California wine and learn about the extensive History of Napa Valley, California Wines

Alpha Omega History, Overview

Alpha Omega was created in 2006, when it was founded by Robin Bagget and Michelle Bagget. Robin Bagget was already experienced in the wine industry as previously, he was responsible for cultivating over 800 acres of vines in California. Following that massive undertaking, they founded the Tolosa winery in the San Luis Obispo area, located in the Central Coast of California.

To help build their new winery in Napa Valley, they brought in Jean Hoefliger as their wine maker. Swiss born Jean Hoefliger learned about wine making from his previous stints in Bordeaux at Chateau Lynch Bages in Pauillac and Chateau Carbonnieux, located in the Pessac Leognan appellation. Jean Hoefliger was quite knowledgeable about Napa Valley as well, because he was also the wine maker at Newton Vineyards, prior to joining Alpha Omega. Alpha Omega brought in another experienced Bordeaux alumni as their consultant, Michel Rolland. Jean Hoefliger is also involved with The Debate, another stunning California winery, which shares fruit and vineyard sources with Alpha Omega.

Alpha Omega Vineyards, Grapes, Soils, Wines, Winemaking

Alpha Omega produces wine from estate owned vines and various grape sources located in numerous appellations in the Napa Valley. It is the complex blending of all these divergent grape sources that help produce the variety of wines they make today.

In Spring Mountain, they obtain Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In St. Helena, the purchase fruit from Beckstoffer vineyards. On Howell Mountain they obtain Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot and in Rutherford, aside from vines they own, planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, they also purchase Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer, Sacrashe and Escher vineyards, as well as small amounts of grapes from Yountville, Stags Leap, Mount Veeder, Oak Knoll, Atlas Peak, Caneros, Coombsville and Jameson Canyon, Wildhorse Valley In Oakville, which is the source for their top wines, they buy fruit from Beckstoffer To Kaylon, Sklar and Garvey vineyards.

Alpha Omega as you might easily surmise, produces a very wide and diverse range of wines from all those different gape sources as you can see from the list of wines they have available.

Alpha Omega ERA Napa Valley - The average blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. 900 cases is the annual production.

Alpha Omega Dr Crane Vineyard St. Helena - Very little of this beauty is made, with an average production of about 275 cases per year.

Alpha Omega Beckstoffer Georges III Rutherford - Very little wine is produced here, as less than 150 cases are released in most vintages.

Alpha Omega Las Piedras St. Helena - In most vintages, about 225 cases are released in a single vintage.

Alpha Omega To Kaylon Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the production averages 500 cases per year.

Alpha Omega Missouri Hopper Oakville - Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the production is under 300 cases per vintage.

Alpha Omega Stagecoach Vineyard Atlas Peak - Under 450 cases are released each year.

Alpha Omega Sunshine Valley Oak Knoll - About 450 cases are made in a single vintage.

Alpha Omega Thomas Vineyard Rutherford - Under 225 cases are produced in most years.

Alpha Omega Proprietary Red comes from grapes planted in Beckstoffer To Kalon and Las Piedras. This is their second largest production, as close to 2,000 cases are made in most years.

Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit planted in several different vineyards including Beckstoffer To Kalon, Missouri Hopper and Las Piedras. This is most commercially available wine from their large portfolio, with almost 2,500 cases being made in the majority of vintages.

The estate also makes white wines:

Alpha Omega Chardonnay

Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc

Serving and Decanting Alpha Omega with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

The red wine of Alpha Omega is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-3 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Alpha Omega is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, ribs, hamburgers, barbecue, roasted, braised, grilled dishes and stews. Alpha Omega is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the white wines of Alpha Omega are is best served with all types of seafood and shellfish, sushi, sashimi, chicken, veal, pork and cheese.

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