2011 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras - LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Schrader’s newest offering is the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV, which comes from clone 337 of the Las Piedras site. This is a west side valley floor vineyard with a foundation of alluvial river pebbles and rocks as well as gravelly loam. The Schraders have a long-term lease on 5 acres, which, added to their 16 acres of Beckstoffer To Kalon and 5 acres of Beckstoffer George III, gives them some pretty serious leases on some of the finest terroirs in Napa Valley. The softest wine of this portfolio, there are 350 cases of the 2011 LPV, far less than the 600 cases produced in 2012. Given its warm micro-climated, these grapes were picked before the rains descended. The wine exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, supple tannins, and sweet red and black currants, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, incense and forest floor. This beautiful, medium-bodied 2011 is already complex and evolved. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is the most open and accessible of these 2011s from Schrader. A deep, inky wine, the 2011 emerges from the glass with black fruit, menthol, cloves and new leather. When it was in barrel, the 2011 had more energy, tension and minerality, but over time it has lost most of those qualities and today it is rich and powerful to the point of being heavy. My sense is that the 2011 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. The LPV Cabernet emerges from a parcel in the vineyard planted with Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink 2014-2021. These three 2011 Cabernets from Schrader are all terrific. This year Schrader is introducing a new wine from Andy Beckstoffer's Las Piedras Vineyard, a well-draining site in St. Helena, aptly named for its rocky terrain. (AG)
A new addition to the Schrader Cabernet portfolio, this is a rich, gutsy style, with a dense charcoal presence overshadowing the tight mix of dried dark berry, loamy earth and graphite notes. Pulls together on the finish, ending tannic and chewy, but complete.