Schrader LPV Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
This remarkable debut from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard offers intense aromas of ripe black and blue fruit, principally blackberries and plums, layered with exotic notes of crushed rock minerality and scorched earth that impeccably carry through as flavors on the palate. The hallmark of this wine is an ability to balance magnificent mass and weight with resplendent fruit character. Luxuriously complete, this premiere release foretells many more great things to come from this esteemed vineyard estate.
The 2011 vintage was the most challenging harvest we have ever experienced in Napa Valley. In short, the vintage separated producers based on their attention to detail in the vineyard and experience, where timely decision-making became integral to the outcome of the harvest. Extreme reductions in the vineyard were followed by single berry sorting at the winery. In the end, we harvested a very small yet remarkably high quality crop. We are thrilled, though not at all surprised, that winemaker Thomas Brown brilliantly navigated Mother Nature’s gauntlet to produce an exquisite portfolio of wines.
The Las Piedras Vineyard, a name that translates to “the stones” in Spanish, is an exceptional rolling estate in North East St. Helena district that carries a rich viticultural history dating back to its founding by Edward Bale in the 1840s. An exceptional terroir makes this vineyard unique, where the vines contour to the gentle slope and live in rocky soil that creates a perfectly stressed environment ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is fruit that is remarkably dense and wonderfully concentrated, abundant with a provocative and elegant minerality, and bursting with deep, lush black and blue fruit flavors complemented by magnificent structure.