Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2012



Tasting Notes

The Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is located on the gravelly banks of Sulfur Springs Creek just upstream from the famed Dr. Crane Vineyard. The rock composition in this vineyard is so densely thick that drainage is immediate and almost mimics hydroponic farming. With naturally low yields and gentle slopes, Beckstoffer Las Piedras is a perfect environment to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Dark crimson with a violet tinge, scents of black cherry pie, flint, Kona coffee and tobacco emanate from the glass. A full-bodied mid-palate preludes a rush of finely grained tannins that lift the overall back bone of the wine into a finish abundant with blue fruits, currants, and barrel tannin. Upon release, a six hour decant will elevate the this wine’s many qualities, yet it will gain further complexities and depth for 4-6 years and can be cellared for well up to 12-15 yrs.

 

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Map of the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

The History of the Las Piedras Vineyard

Dating back to the Mexican land grants, the Las Piedras vineyard is considered to be the first vineyard planted in what is now the St. Helena AVA. In 1983 Beckstoffer Vineyards purchased the property and planted it to two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon with modern trellising. Impressed with the quality of the gravelly soil, the farm workers named the vineyard Las Piedras, which means the stones or little pebbles. The vineyard sits at the base of Sulfur Creek on the southwest outskirts of St. Helena. With a gentle slope, the site belongs to the fan-shaped flood plain created by run-off from Sulfur creek and the hillsides above. Riddled with rocks, the soil is porous and provides ideal support for the vines and when matched with excellent farming techniques, the result is remarkable dense and concentrated fruit.

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