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2016 Carter Cellars La Bam Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

99+ The Wine Advocate

Full-bodied and so multilayered in the mouth it makes your head spin, the palate features very ripe, very fine-grained tannins and superb freshness, finishing with awesome length and depth.

98Jeb Dunnuck

...softer, fruit forward style as well as a smoking nose of black (and some blue) fruits, graphite, camphor, crushed, rocks, chocolate, and spice. It's a very different expression of this vineyard and is full-bodied, plush, sexy, and undeniably more charming than the Verdad cuvée. It just sings with time in the glass and is a brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon...

95Vinous / IWC

...shows the richer, more open-knit side of Las Piedras in voluptuous, sepia-toned fruit. Ample, caressing and inviting...

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.

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