2016 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon La Verdad Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2021 - 2044 (Edit)
CT97.8 16 reviews
Label borrowed from 2017
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Community Tasting Notes 16

  • Mark1npt Likes this wine: 98 points

    April 7, 2020 - WOTN to had nearly the nose of the B Cellars, which was also a Las Piedres, but this had more mouthfeel, more energy, more glide, slightly less dark fruit, in fact over 2-3 hours there was a nice blueberry component that emerged. I just think this wine was best by 1-2 points over anything else we drank over 7 hours today and we drank some really nice stuff today/tonight. Much thanks to HMC for opening......I thought it was a 96-97 when drinking it but being home and reflecting an hour later and I can still taste and feel it. I have to score it higher. This bottle score's high with me. Kinda like that special meal you have once a year, where can still taste it a week or two very good. Can't thank my buddy enough for opening.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 97 points

    November 10, 2019 - Given all of the xenophobic ribbing and hate emails I’ve been receiving about my recent espionage and shadow surveillance into Bordeaux and other Eurocentric wine regions, I finally succumbed to wino-peer pressure and thought I’d spend some time back in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. (cue patriotic music and slow motion History Channel footage of troops storming the beaches of Normandy). And what better way to wave the flag and honor our upcoming Veterans Day than with the red, white (label), and blue (berry flavors) of the epitome of Napa Nationalism: the 2016 Carter Verdad!

    Stand proud Mike Smith and Mark Carter, as your wine has bravely brought joy to this Great America (...And no, not the ghetto Six Flags/Marriott’s Great America amusement park where gaggles of gang urchins and jersey-wearing scattered-kin families tend to flock). With proud and primary Bruce Springsteen-esque notes of bold cassis, black cherry, blackberry, black raspberry, and black slate, the Verdad proves that there’s no place like home when your palate has a hankering for gobs of fruit and liberation from the constraints of Frenchie formalities.

    Not exactly ‘walking on air’ initially, this Greatest American Hero started off formation-linear, with a soldier’s stance of cassis and alcohol. Given four hours of scrubbing grout lines with a toothbrush in the latrine (aka: decanter), it started to spread its eagle wings and cried the freedom screech of a thousand loyalists. Once the rolling flavor-thunder came over the horizon, exalted concentration and militaristic power started to shine from both strength and flavor expansion positionings. Delivery always stayed a bit primary and in lock-step, but the pride of consumption still caught the attention of this loyalist citizen. Finishes with a tinge of Tom Cruise Top Gun heat and Jack Daniels booze on the tail, which just reminds you that you’re in ‘Merica God dammit.

    “You want the Verdad? You can’t handle the Verdad!”

    So to truly honor this symbol of hope and freedom, best to wait until July 4, 2023 to experience the glorious Stars and Stripes of the Verdad. 96-97+ points.

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  • TXRDW wrote: 97 points

    June 2, 2019 - I’m often amazed at how much a great wine can change year over year. Compared to the 2015 vintage, this Verdad replaces concentration with finesse and exchanges power for subtleness. Excellent wine, but young. Notes of dark fruit, earth tones and spice, with a distinctive mid-palate combination of red licorice and ripe cherries. This wine might grow into the WA 100 pt. rating, but as of now it is a solid 97 with lots of upside.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 22, 2019 - This big and luscious wine just needs more time to blow off its fat and alcohol. It took quite a while for the alcohol to subside a bit but at this stage, it was just too in your face for me. This is the definition of a Napa Cab that is big and bold.

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  • HowellMountainCru Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 16, 2019 - Excellent well balanced modern Cabernet. Nose was dominated by sweet fruit giving an almost perfumed impression. Soft, fruit dominated on the palate. Smooth lower tannin feel in the mouth. Tons of weight.

    This is a first class beauty that both Marknpt1 and I think will be better in a year or two. My only critique is I feel it could have used a bit more acid to add to the finish and to give the mouthfeel more elegance.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    North Coast Part 1: Napa Valley's Incredible 2016s, 1/31/2019 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets (Dec 2018), 12/1/2018 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • 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 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 336 (90%)
  • Consumed 35 (9%)

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