Schrader LPV Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
This intensely dark and solid wine displays a lavish fruit core with notes of black currants, raspberries, and graphite. The palate carries flavors of mocha and cedary oak mixed with crushed blackberries and other black fruits. This elegant example of the 2017 vintage is testament to the incredible fruit that is coming from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard.
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.
Rated 94-96 A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Lpv has quite an earthy nose to begin, offering black cherry and blueberry pie notions plus touches of dried roses, incense, dusty soil and violets with a waft of dark chocolate. The palate is full-bodied, with great concentration and firm tannins with a touch of chew, finishing long.
— Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate