2014 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • yeti575rider wrote: 92 points

    February 15, 2019 - Took to Charlie Palmer Steak DC (who has the best corkage policy btw). First Las Piedras from any winery and I hate to be the dissenter but i was not in love with this. First sip was excellent with a crisp blackberry on the attack and then the gravelly and earthy notes kick in to initially create a balance. However the more I drank this the more muddled it became to me. Shifted to overly earthy and ended with a slightly bitter coffee note. Not sure what to make of it on the whole. Still a well made wine with some nice moments but far from something I'd drink over the TO-Kalon's. I'll give the 2016 Verdad a shot at redemption in 2 or 3 years ...

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  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    3/6/19, 6:39 PM - Ouch that is a bad first impression and not one I would have expected. If you have a few 2016s may I suggest popping one now and then again in a couple years? This way you can see if it is a favorite and grab some of the amazing ‘16s that are just being released.

  • yeti575rider commented:

    3/7/19, 9:16 PM - I did doublecheck with my wife on her assessment to make sure it wasn't just me. She agreed in that it was good but far from great. She commented on how long it took us to finish the bottle which never happens with any of the other Carter's. Maybe just a slightly off bottle. I still think a lot of a wine's magic is just the randomness of it all and we may have just caught this on an off night. Sorry to say I only have one 2016 Verdad so I plan on giving that another couple years before giving it a go.

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    3/7/19, 9:48 PM - Fair enough. Good luck and maybe it was just in a dumb phase.

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