Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2018



Tasting Notes

One of our most highly sought after wines, the 2018 'La Verdad' is ultra low production wine from our original block of stressed vines on the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard. Inky and dark in the glass, the nose emits a show stopping rush of mouth watering blueberry and black fruits. The first taste is a pleasurable attack on the senses, bursting with concentrated dark black and blue fruits, mixed with crushed stones and dark earth. Year after year, the underlying structure and minerality result in a muscular but well-balanced Cabernet. A full-bodied mid-palate reveals finely integrated tannins that lift the overall back bone of the wine and ends with a textured and seamless fruit driven finish.

"There are three releases from the Las Piedras Vineyard, an incredible site located just outside of St. Helena, a stone’s throw from the Dr. Crane Vineyard. Starting with the Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard La Verdad, this awesome wine reveals a dense purple/plum hue to go with a monster-sized bouquet of blackcurrants, camphor, chocolate, crushed stone-like minerality, and loads of Asian spice. Complex, powerful, and nuanced on the nose, it doesn’t lose a beat on the palate. This full-bodied, opulent yet concentrated and structured Cabernet is going to benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and cruise for 20 years or more."
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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