2015 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon La Verdad Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2019 - 2036 (Edit)
CT98.6 31 reviews
Label borrowed from 2016
Label borrowed from 2017
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 98 points

    March 28, 2020 - Nose: Lots of ripe, deep red fruits, some milk chocolate/vanilla, deep earth with brooding undergrowth and some dark silvery minerals.

    Palate: Great blend of dark red and purple fruits with rich earth with bitter, black mulch up front. A clean lacing of oak, a nice firm spice and bright bitter river rocks throughout. The finish has a little bit of dark pencil lead and a little bit of heavily steeped tea.

    Attributes: Dark ruby with some purpling. Dry with medium amounts of smooth, chewy tannin. Full body with light-plus acidity (if there's more, it's really well hidden). Good finish of about 18-20 seconds.

    Thoughts: Very similar to last time, not much has changed. Was slightly bright and almost closed at the beginning but I have a feeling it might've been the cooler temperature. There is also just a tad bit of heat on the finish. Just as enjoyable as last time.

    Other notes: No decant, time in glass only. Bordeaux glass. Served initially ~57° then ~67° (something to note here, the nose was initially closed but at ~64° it opened up) and consumed over 2 hours.

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 99 points

    September 27, 2019 - Nose: White and purple florality, lots of dark red/blue/purple fruits, spice box, great deep earth and clean rocks (imagine from a shallow river bed) [this initial nose was at about 57°]. As it comes to room temperature, dark maceration of fruits appear more (showing more on the red side). Either some cranberry skins or some soft tobacco leaves. Slight underbrush as well (thinking more of stems and branches). This one is hard to call but a well blended pencil shaving note as well (as in more of the wood, not so much the lead).

    Palate: Rich, deep and dark earth, a pleasantly savory oak, similar soft spice box from the nose that gradually grows into a firm spice and dark fruits that's subtly laced throughout. [this initial taste was at about 57°]. At room temperature, the dark fruits are no longer softly laced but rather a strong showing of it and more in balance with everything noted previously. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness like tea. On the first tasting when it was cold, those notes you can differentiate individually but as it comes to room temperature, it all becomes so well balanced that it's hard to distinguish (in a really good way).

    Really dark red and with a blackish core. Dry with medium amounts of smooth tannins. Full bodied (first time ever) with medium amounts of well integrated and well hidden acidity. Good finish of about 14-16 seconds with additional seconds for the steeped tea/mineraly bitterness lingering on. The scores of other tasters are spot on. Like the 2014 "True" Outpost, I'm scared to give this 100 because I feel like, "What if there is possibly something better?" This is rich, bold, concentrated, intense and yet so well balanced. Not one thing has their elbows sticking out. Really enjoyable.. I want to say it has such amazing and enjoyable fruit but it's not just the fruit that's making it so good. It's the integration of everything else: the dark rich earth, the oak, the spice (which has calmed down into place), minerality and bitterness. Also, for a full bodied wine, it moves freely across the palate. Again, I want to give this 100 (I think it actually deserves it) but I just don't know what a 100 point wine is.. I know this is really good though (I'm also afraid I'm influenced by the previous tasters but I try really hard to be honest about a tasting regardless of what others may think). If you enjoy rich, earthy, dark fruited wine with a sprinkling of the other notes (like oak, spice and pencil shavings), this is it. I get it.. it's young blah blah blah but it's so good now.. my curiosity for how it tastes as it ages has gone out the window. I almost don't care how this ages because I'm thinking the good stuff that I'm experiencing now will be lost as time goes on. Apologies for the essay as well.

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  • Geaux Tigers Likes this wine: 97 points

    August 24, 2019 - PnP from a coravin. Holy smokes this is phenomenal!! Hint of vanilla, fine tannins, so the oak is still in play. Blue fruit, black fruit, blueberry compote, blackberry pie, saline, ink, graphite and the mineral streak LPV is famous for. Thick and chewy without being heavy. On the LPV scale this has more fruit than most and I love it! Cannot believe this was so good with no air! Drank very well at cellar temp, but showed some youth as it warmed up a few degrees into the mid 60s when a hot alcohol note appeared. Destroyed a ‘12 Colgin Cariad tonite. No need to wait, but still some upside. I totally get the WA 99 on this one!

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  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 100 points

    August 23, 2019 - This wine joins the ranks of the 100 point club; an elusive club with only a few participants and all great company (Abreu Madrona Ranch, Fait Main's LPV, and Chris Tynan's Meleagris Gallopavo Vineyard) with great winemakers (Brad Grimes, Benoit Touquette, Chris Tynan and now Mike Smith). Not surprisingly, all are from the St. Helena AVA and two are from my favorite vineyard, Beckstoffer's Las Piedras Vineyard.

    When I had a Coravin pour last weekend, time stood still as it was just remarkable. Opaque purple throughout, medium-bodied, a strong smell of primarily black and blue fruit, intermixed with cocoa and earthy gravel notes. This is very well made, it has perfect balance and harmony, just the right amount of acid, nicely integrated tannins, stunning purity and quite a long finish.

    I opened the bottle last night and I was worried that it would have changed but fortunately, it did not -- it was just as great as it was last weekend. I saved one glass for tonight and can't wait!

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  • newsomept Likes this wine: 95 points

    June 21, 2019 - Decanted for an hour, smooth, better with steak

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Brilliance in Napa Valley: 2016 & 2015 Cabernets (Jan 2018), 1/18/2018 (link)

    (Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard La Verdad Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    California, Napa Valley: Napa’s Exuberant, Powerful 2015s, 12/29/2017 (link)

    (Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Verdad) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Carter Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation La Verdad
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 38 (12%)
  • In Cellars 205 (63%)
  • Consumed 82 (25%)

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