2014 Anthem "Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1377756

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K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The Las Piedras Vineyard is managed by Beckstoffer and is one of their six heritage vineyards in the Napa Valley, planted to vine for over 150 years. This 22-acre vineyard produces only Cabernet Sauvignon and is located in West Saint Helena at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard takes its name from the gravelly river washed soil, Las Piedras translates to "little pebbles", in Spanish. On the palate, it is full weight with plenty of dark fruit, espresso bean, and dark chocolate with a touch of oak, and a long, complex finish. Technical Notes - Yield: 2.8 tons/acre. Oak: 100% French, 70% new. Aging: 18 months in barrel, 20 months in bottle before release."

Staff Reviews

  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    Rather than "Anthem" a more accurate name for this gorgeous 2014 Napa Cab would be "Power Ballad." Ripe, unctuous, plump, and unabashedly hedonistic, this is Beckstoffer fruit in its most unadulterated expression. Black, blue, and purple fruit abounds and is buttressed by the perfect touches of oak spice. The nose bursts with scents of mint and eucalyptus, but quickly shifts to vanilla and blueberry compote. As round and flashy as it is, things are strikingly well balanced. This is a terrific red to drink now, but it will be exciting to see what it does ten to fifteen years down the line. An absolute tour de force and a bargain considering its pedigree.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Coming from one of Napa's most cherished vineyards, and one whose name usually carries a hefty price tag, this is a no-compromise expression of Beckstoffer Las Piedras at an incredibly accessible price. The aromas carry high-tones red and black fruit. The texture is luxurious and abundant flavors of blackberry and deep red cherry line the palate, finishing with hints of bitter chocolate and sage. Bright acid carries a long and powerful finish. This is an irresistible Cab that has no qualms in showing its Napa roots. This will evolve well for the next 10-15 years, but is flat out delicious with a short decant at this early stage. Very limited production here - grab what you can while available as Las Piedras cab this good is usually around three times the price.


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