Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet 'Los Compadres' 2019



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 combined expression of Clone 4 and Clone 337 all planted all on Rootstock 110R - the hallmark combination of great Beckstoffer wines. Slightly more fruit forward than the other Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras wines it showcases a full rich bold palate of dark red and black cherry fruits infused with graphite, wet gravel and clove undertones. When matched with our signature barrel program, this wine ends with a lengthy prodigious finish that will only get better with age.

Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras 'Los Compadres' 2019 Label

"First made in 2018, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Los Compadres is another thrill a minute from this team. Dense purple-hued, with powerful cassis and blackberry fruits, it's full-bodied and has seamless tannins, perfectly integrated oak, and complex notes of spice, dried tobacco, and sandalwood. It shows the more elegant style of the vintage yet brings incredible richness, depth, and length."

100 - 97 Pts ~ 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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