2012 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • msuwright wrote: 95 points

    March 21, 2020 - This wine has become more earthy and subtle than the powerhouse I tasted about two and a half years ago (9/17 - 97 points). The LPV seems to be on a savory trajectory similar to three other 2012 Carters I've had this year - Weitz, O.G. and Three Kings - that have lost the round buoyancy of their youth, but matured with plenty of class and intensity.

    Dark red in color, the wine has a more mid-weight, elegant mouthfeel than the bruiser of 2017. The aromas need an hour to come alive, but the wine offers notes of black cherry, blueberry tart, dried herbs, and camphor. The flavors are more dark and earthy, with notes of boysenberry, graphite, leather, and olive, with a grippy finish that has a pleasant lift. 14.9% alcohol. Decant at least two hours. Drink in next few years, sooner if you want to taste more of that joyous Napa sunshine (read: fruit).

  • Tym4wine Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 20, 2018 - This was by far the best wine of the evening. Ready to drink right out of the bottle. Wonderful aromas jumped from the glass with dark, delicious fruit. The wine coats the palate with a voluptuous and voluminous mouthfeel. Velvety and smooth. Remarkable.

  • msuwright wrote: 97 points

    September 13, 2017 - This complex and layered wine is drinking beautifully right now - and is the best interpretation of Las Piedras that I've had so far. It is modern and ripe, while also being subtle and structured, in a way that is completely compelling.

    Inky red in color, full in body, nose of boysenberry, saddle leather, baking spices, and fresh rosemary. Tastes of mountain blueberry, dried cherry, mocha, crushed gravel, and cedar, with a lifted finish that goes on and on. 14.9% alcohol. It's hard to think of a better combination of sweet and savory in a wine; there is a stunning balance of fruit, tannin, and acidity.

    I drank this next to an Anthem LPV 2012, which may have been a disservice to both wines (more specifically the Anthem). The Anthem had a cloying sweetness, as well as a straightforward fruitiness, that made me think that one wine was playing chess, the other checkers. More broadly, I think this Carter closely edges out the Fait-Main wine from this vineyard, with the others close behind (e.g., Hobbs, Schrader) - if only because the Carter has a touch more acidity, which freshens up everything else. An Alpha Omega LPV 2012 I had last weekend would be in the bottom tier, ahead of the Anthem, but still lacking in the depth and character this vineyard can produce (in the right hands).

    I agree with CSIMM1161 that this is a wine that will benefit from a little more bottle age. I thought it held up well over several hours - opening up a bit, becoming a little softer - and I didn't get the sweetness he detected (maybe because the Anthem, in comparison, had sugar to spare). The Carter plainly has the tannins and fruit to last for several more years, and I can't imagine how good it will be in 2018 and 2019 (and that's what I'll probably need to do - imagine - since this was my only bottle).

    I've found some wines hit me some nights and not others, and I'm not above admitting the subjective aspect of rating this or any wine: we are people after all - people drinking a substance containing alcohol, trying to put words to a fluid that changes over time (as we do). This wine hit me, and - on this night, for this person - it was beautiful.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    July 11, 2017 - PnP with red and purple berry notes. A black cherry liqueur flavor was prominent, surrounded by river rock and alcohol on the back end. Concentration and depth were notable, as was the sweet tannic frame that surrounded the fruit.

    I preferred this as a PnP and at a cool temperature (<54 degrees). After about two hours in the decanter, this wine developed a candied red licorice note that was surely interesting and flavorful from a more savory standpoint, but it heightened the liqueur component, subsequently kicking out a little extra sweetness on the back end. Not a bad thing necessarily, but it drew some of my focus away from the otherwise beautiful core fruit.

    Though this was drinking nicely on a PnP, I would still recommend holding in an attempt to maximize a more optimum drinking window in a year or two. Just air (decanting) seems to be less of a solution over good ol' fashioned sleep time - solely for some more integration. 95-96+ points for now.

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  • jaxpaj wrote: 95 points

    March 10, 2016 - Very nice and traditional Mike Smith/Carter wine. Drank side by side with Chimney Rock Arete '12 cabernet. This was WOTN for all 4.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Carter Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 171 (71%)
  • Consumed 71 (29%)

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