2014 Anthem Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • JLuch1 Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 1, 2019 - So, I was intrigued when I saw a Las Piedras single vineyard designated wine at my local liquor store for around $100, so I snatched up a bottle to try.

    The Cliffs Notes version: if a Caymus SS were to have a love child with a Quivet LPV, the Anthem LPV would be their offspring.

    At least certainly on day 1, decanted for about an hour and consumed over a couple more. Rich black/blue berry, milk chocolate/milk duds, that trademark gravel/crushed rock, ash, maybe some baking spice. Finishes clean and medium in length.

    Half bottle saved for day two, mellowed out a bit, added some more earthy notes/tea leaf components. Finish was a little shorter than the day before.

    Overall an interesting wine. While it was enjoyable, I am just not sure I am all in just yet, especially with the much more polished Quivet LPV being similar in price.

  • franinnyc Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 3, 2019 - So this is a caymus type cab. It has its place in the world. So grill a steak and relax - enjoy.

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  • Tym4wine wrote: 92 points

    December 28, 2018 - Ok, this is the weirdest aroma I've ever categorized but on the nose, baby diaper powder...I don't know how to better explain it but I've attempted three different times and this is where I'm at with the aroma...dark garnet almost black in the glass with ruby red translucent edges. Flavors of blackberry and dark berry. Tannic on a medium+ finish. Could use more time in the bottle. Overall, not the best representation of Beckstoffer Las Piedra...IMO.

  • msuwright wrote: 88 points

    November 27, 2018 - This sugary and boozy Cabernet was a complete disappointment for me. Paying $100 for a Cabernet from LPV was a little fun, but it was all downhill from there. Having had a similar impression of the 2013, I think Anthem's approach just isn't my style: too much fruit and not enough structure, which left the alcohol (15.7%) standing alone, as obvious as the emperor's new clothes.

    Dark red in color and full in body, the wine offers aromas of rock candy, cherry pie, and red licorice. Tastes of blueberry tart, black licorice, and mocha, with a sweet finish that carries some grainy tannins - but a whole lot more sugar. (Really, it's like someone poured a Splenda packet in your wine - just as sweet, just as unnatural.) The flavor stayed the same over three hours of air, though maybe decanting longer is the best approach. Similar on second day, with a more rock candy flavor.

    I've enjoyed Jeff Ames' work with Tor Kenward, but this wine seemed lost from the get-go. I tasted this at the same time as a 2014 Quivet LPV, which seemed backward and restrained in comparison (spoiler alert: Quivet is neither backward nor restrained). I love big CA Cabernets, but this is the kind of wine that the IPOB / Bonne crowd rightfully (for once) critique: too ripe, too alcoholic, too generic. I love LPV wines, but this blowsy concoction isn't worth the time or the money.

  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 13, 2018 - Opened on day 1 and it was pretty good, but not great. I was traveling and therefore, didn't have a decanter. At home on day 2, this was just great. Clone 337 gives it the fruit forward structure, notable fruits are blackberry and blueberry, crushed rock and mineral with milk chocolate. This is not a bombastic wine by any means but it has a silkiness and elegance about it.

    For all of us wine nerds, the bottle is also fascinating as it explains tons of detail about the vineyard and Anthem's wine style.

    A solid representation from Las Piedras at a great price point as I procured this for less than $100. I could drink this wine everyday and be a happy man.

    2 people found this helpful Comment

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Anthem Winery
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (10%)
  • In Cellars 104 (70%)
  • Consumed 30 (20%)

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