2017 LPV


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.

  • Vintage 2017
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Las Piedras
  • Appellation St. Helena, Napa Valley
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clone Pure Clone 337
  • Cooperage Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels
  • Winemaker Thomas River Brown
  • Tasting Notes

    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.

  • Accolades

    97 Pts. “Such beautiful blue fruit with crushed stones and violets on the nose. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and refined, polished tannins. Yet, it’s always muscular. True to form with balance. Better after 2022.”
    — James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

    95 Pts. “Saturated plum and blackberry sauce flavors unfurl slowly, with gorgeous mesquite, espresso and licorice accents keeping pace. Shows a smoldering edge on the finish, while well-embedded acidity gives this weighty wine a fresh edge. Best from 2022 through 2038. 383 cases made.”
    — James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

    94+ Pts. “Very deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV opens with a profound nose of pure cassis, kirsch, blackberry pie and bay leaves with emerging scents of beef drippings, unsmoked cigars, black tea and forest f loor plus an undercurrent of molten chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is charged with red berry accents, framed by a refreshing line of acidity and firm, grainy tannins, finishing with a lively lift.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

    (96-99) Pts. “Lastly, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard (which is also the base for the Colesworthy release) is pulled all from Block C and is clone 337, still aging in a mix of new Darnajou and Taransaud barrels. It’s a deep, rich, serious wine that has a huge nose of black, black fruits, graphite, crushed rocks, and chocolate. It doesn’t pull any punches on the palate either and is full-bodied, deep, dense, and straight-up bad ass. It’s an awesome wine in the making, but as with a few of these other 2017s, short-term cellaring is going to be the name of the game.”
    — 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

    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.