Jeb Dunnuck Review
From a rocky vineyard just west of Dr. Crane, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lithology Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is a beautiful, elegant, mineral-laced wine that offers full-bodied richness and depth as well as outstanding length. Complex notes of red and black currants, dried flowers, crushed rocks, and flowery incense dominate the bouquet. It's an incredibly sumptuous, satisfying Cabernet that has both complexity and richness. Drink 2022-2045.
Wine Tasting Notes
Planted to vineyard for over 150 years, Beckstoffer Las Piedras' history traces back to the Mexican land grants. In the 1840's European settler Edward Bale planted the property, to Mission grapes. It became the first vineyard planted in what is now the St. Helena appellation. The vineyard was first planted to wine grape varietals by Henry Amstutz. He was a colleague of Henry Pallet, one of California's first great winemakers. In 1983, Beckstoffer Vineyards purchased the property and planted it to two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. The quality of the gravelly soil caused the farm workers to name the vineyard Las Piedras, "little pebbles."