Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Tasting Notes

With naturally low yields and gentle slopes, Beckstoffer Las Piedras was a perfect environment to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in 2013. Dark crimson to the eye, a show stopping rush of blueberry and black fruits attacks the nose, while the underlying minerality, and significant structure result in a massive but well-balanced Cabernet. A full-bodied mid-palate preludes the finely integrated tannins that lift the overall back bone of the wine into a finish abundant with blue fruits, and currants. This is another wine that shows the power and beauty of this hidden gem in Beckstoffer's heritage vineyards.

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard, which comes from St. Helena, has that blueberry, gravelly, wet-pebble note that I often associate with great vintages of La Mission Haut-Brion. The wine has an inky purple color, gorgeous black raspberry, blueberry liqueur notes, licorice and earth. Full-bodied and opulent with silky tannins, this is a tour de force in winemaking and pure perfection. This is absolutely riveting, prodigious wine that has to be tasted to be believed."
100 Points ~ Robert Parker


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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