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2014

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vnyd
St. Helena, Napa Valley

Almandine garnet in the glass, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is true to site with powerful aromatics of black fruit and currant made ever more intriguing by purple florals, cacao, and graphite. On the palate a savory note of sage layers with black cherry and ripe blueberry, buttressed by smooth, supple tannins. The mouthfeel and finish are characterized by an exquisite tension, and long-lasting textural hedonism. Fit for a wide range of epicurean delights, such as grilled beef tenderloin, rosemary-rubbed rack of lamb, or a sumptuous venison stew. Serve at 50°-55° F.

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(93-95) Points Wine Advocate

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is earthy and spicy, with notes of chocolate, loamy soil scents and underbrush. It has terrific density, an opaque purple color, and wonderful fruit. It should drink well for 15 or more years. ”
Robert Parker

(93-96) Points Vinous

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is shaping up to be another beauty from Paul Hobbs. Rich and beautifully layered in the glass - with compelling interplay of fruit and structure - the 2014 is wonderfully complete, even at this early stage. I especially admire the intensely mineral/savory drive that is such a central part of what Las Piedras is all about. ”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 24th

Growing Season A classic vintage with few seasonal extremes, set the stage for superior quality. An excellent bloom and set period were followed by a warm summer, lacking any significant heat spikes. Even ripening gave way to a marginally early harvest of up to a week; concluding with the last of the cabernet sauvignon being picked on October 22nd. The resulting wines boast site specificity, depth, and distinction.

Winemaking

• Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 31 day total maceration
• Gentle pumpovers and délestage
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new
• Coopers: Baron, Darnajou, Radoux, Taransaud
• Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered; June, 2016