schrader, colesworthy beckstoffer las piedras vineyard cabernet sauvignon, napa valley 2012
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95
WINE SPECTATOR
94

2012 schrader, colesworthy beckstoffer las piedras vineyard cabernet sauvignon, napa valley

Why We're Buying

Schrader Colesworthy Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon represents the finest expression of the terroir. The team creates each vintage from a few outstanding barrels. The inky red cabernet sauvignon melds together ripe blackberries and blueberries with Graves-esque minerality and sensuous aromas. In 2014, wine critic Jeb Dunnuck called it “one of the best Schraders ever made.”

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A selection of the best barrels of this wine, representing only 110 cases or basically 4 1/2 barrels, is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Colesworthy. This is largely Clone 337, aged 20 months in 100% new Darnajou. This is deep, rich, full, backward and not quite as easy to access as its sibling, although at some point the Schraders and Thomas Brown thought these were the best barrels from Las Piedras. It seems to share much of its siblings opaque purple color, lots of coffee, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and graphite, but seems to also require more bottle age to round into shape. Forget it for 3-4 years and drink it over the following 20-25 years. (RP)

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

Notably elegant, with complex aromas of rich dark berry, shaded by dusty dried herb and cedar notes, all supported by firm, fine-grained tannins. Gains depth and persistence, gliding along on the finish. (JL)