2015 LPV


We are extremely excited about the development of this wine over the past few years. Robert Parker proclaimed our previous release a "killer effort" and awarded the wine 99 points, our highest mark for the vintage. We are truly honored by Mr. Parker’s 'potential for perfect' barrel score for our 2015 Schrader LPV and genuinely appreciate his enthusiasm. The wine is massive, complex, beautifully balanced and delivers a breathtaking Cabernet experience.

  • Vintage 2015
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Las Piedras
  • Appellation St. Helena, Napa Valley
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clone Clones 4 and 337
  • Cooperage Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels
  • Winemaker Thomas River Brown
  • Tasting Notes

    We are extremely excited about the development of this wine over the past few years. Robert Parker proclaimed our previous release a “killer effort” and awarded the wine 99 points, our highest mark for the vintage. We are truly honored by Mr. Parker’s ‘potential for perfect’ barrel score for our 2015 Schrader LPV and genuinely appreciate his enthusiasm. The wine is massive, complex, beautifully balanced and delivers a breathtaking Cabernet experience.

  • Accolades

    98+ Pts. “Coming from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard, from blocks C and E that are planted to clones 337 and 4, respectively, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Lpv has a very deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed black berries, black currant cordial and garrigue with wafts of sage, mocha and cedar chest plus a hint of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, very firm and very tightly knit, the palate reveals great elegance and sophistication, with slowly revealing layers and a lovely minerality coming through on the long finish. 2,017 cases produced.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

    98 Pts. “From a site in St. Helena, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV offers a slightly darker, blacker, earthier style to go with tons of blue fruits, black cherries, crushed rock, and chocolate. It picks up a touch of white flowers with time in the glass and is seamless, pure, full-bodied, and structured on the palate. This is another terrific, blockbuster effort from Thomas Brown that's going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and cruise in the cellar for 20+ years.”
    — Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

  • Vineyard

    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.

  • Vintage

    The 2015 vintage was radiant with abundant sunshine and consistent weather that yielded an excellent, albeit small, crop of optimally ripe grapes from all of our vineyard sources. Now resting in barrel, the young wines are showing their brilliance with boundless fruit character that harkens back to the acclaimed 2012 vintage. While it is the fruit profile that reflects these wines, it is the underlying firm structure of the 2015 Cabernets that distinguishes them from their siblings. As Thomas remarked, “fruit sweetness will allow these wines to drink really well while young, yet it’s their looming structure that will allow for long aging.”

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