Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet 'Los Compadres' 2018

Tasting Notes

We are thrilled to offer another wine from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard - a 22 acre site renowned for its naturally low yields and well draining soil. Sourced from younger fruit closer to the Sulphur Springs Creek, 'Los Compadres' is a pure expression of Clone 4 planted on Rootstock 110R - the hallmark combination of great Beckstoffer wines. Slightly more reserved than the other Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras wines, but showcasing a full rich bold palate of dark red and black cherry fruits infused with graphite, wet gravel toasted cacao undertones. When matched with our signature barrel program, this wine ends with a lengthy prodigious finish that will only get better with age.

"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Los Compadres is sensational stuff, offering remarkable notes of blackcurrants, spicy oak, lead pencil, gravelly earth, and chocolate. This beauty just screams Cabernet Sauvignon and has full-bodied richness, a powerful, stacked mid-palate, loads of tannins, and a great finish. While it’s a big, opulent wine, it’s still packs beautiful structure and is going to benefit from bottle age. Bravo to this team for another stunning wine in their lineup."

98+ Points~ Jeb Dunnuck


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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