Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 'La BAM' 2019



Tasting Notes

At the foot of Spring Mountain along the banks of Sulphur Springs Creek lies the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard - a 22 acre site renowned for its naturally low yields and gravelly loam soil. These slightly less stressed vines are closer to the riverbed and sit on slightly more rocky and well-draining soil than the ‘La Verdad’ showcasing the vineyard’s unique minerality. Like a smack in the face, 'La BAM', boasts a full rich bold palate of pure fruits infused with graphite, exotic spices and ample earthy undertones. Matched with sweet firm tannins from the best French barrels, this wine ends with a lengthy prodigious finish that will only get better with age.

"The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard La BAM comes from a top site outside of Saint Helena and is all Clone 4 Cabernet from a center parcel in the vineyard. It's a ripe, soft, seductive wine offering loads of blue fruits, tobacco, bouquet garni, and violet aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied and seamless on the palate, I don't think it matches the 2018, but it’s still a rare mix of power and elegance, with a terrific sense of minerality on the finish."

98-95 Points ~ Jeb Dunnuck (barrel sample)

 

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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