Schrader Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Similar to the Schrader Old Sparky program, the Schrader Colesworthy represents the best barrels from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard. An incredibly aromatic wine, the 2017 Schrader Colesworthy bursts from the glass with notes of cassis, vanilla, and blackberries intermixed with a very interesting graphite minerality. This sexy wine delivers an intensely pleasurable mouthfeel with soft tannins that weave across the palate and dance with the fruit core, culminating in the long and vivid finish.
Spring of 2017 was one of the largest winter rainfall totals we have experienced in recent years. Fortunately, once flowering started, the rains held off and allowed for optimal fruit set and prepared the clusters for even fruit ripening. Veraison finished at the end of August and the vines were positioned for success. Due to a combination of natural phenomena, the yields in 2017 are slightly lower and nearly matched to those that we produced in 2016 and 2015. This lower than average yield allowed for greater concentration on the vine providing the wines with more depth of character and rich complexity.
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.