Schrader LPV Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
In its sixth vintage, the Schrader LPV is becoming one of the favorites among our friends and family. A luxurious wine, the 2016 Schrader LPV reveals dark black and blue fruit aromas and flavors woven with a crushed rock minerality that is unique to this vineyard. Elegant notes of pencil shavings and underbrush mixed with sweet tobacco and incense truly entice the senses. We are so excited by how the Schrader LPV has evolved in recent years and know that the 2016 is going to be another rock star wine.
The 2016 vintage was marked early in the growing season by rains that helped to recharge the suffering aquifers with much needed rain that helped to alleviate the drought. As the growing season began flowering presented itself with a small crop that was helped through the season by near perfect summer weather. These ideal conditions continued through harvest where we were able to pick at optimal concentration. The resulting wines from this vintage have intense concentration with a great natural balance that likens itself to the consistent growing season.
The Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard, located in Northwest St. Helena, boasts a viticultural lineage of more than 150 years, dating back to the 1840s when it was planted by Edward Bale. The name translates from Spanish to “the stones,” which aptly describes the soil composition of the vineyard. The high concentration of rocks and pebbles allows for easy drainage and causes the roots of the vines to grow deep in search of water and nutrients. The gravelly terrain shows through in the wine, imparting an elegant minerality that sings its way through a dense structure of lush black and blue fruit, a signature of this distinctive estate.