2017 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2019 - 2030 (Edit)
CT93.3 4 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • csimm1161 wrote: 94 points

    December 9, 2019 - Myriad, Quivet, and others: Not completely unlike the 2018 in that it showed some nice black mineral elements to counterbalance the fruit core, but it certainly is a bit of a tricky comparison when having the vintages side-by-side. The 2017 has a much more horizontal trajectory when seated next to the athletic and stratosphere-eque 2018. The 2017 is milder mannered and medium bodied, but will no doubt still appeal to those looking for the Mike Smith tasty flavor profile. Time will hopefully deepen the concentration spectrum here. 93-94 points.

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  • msuwright wrote: 91 points

    October 29, 2019 - I decided to taste the 2016 and 2017 Quivet Piedras next to each other, in the name of science and all that. The conclusions: neither was great; both need time; and each are as good as (and probably the only ones) you’ll get out of LPV for $125. Still, let’s not sugarcoat things: the 2016 was plainly better, with more integration, depth, and balance. The 2017 was thinner, more straightforward, and less impressive. Oh, the vintages! Here are the notes:

    - 2016: Light purple in color; full in body; nose of boysenberry, graphite, and fresh embers (really, this was the one that seemed more grainy, almost smokey, like a barbecue potato chip, as opposed to the 2017, which just seemed a bit too clean). Tastes of sour cherry, pencil lead, espresso, and baking spices, with a grainy yet sweet finish. 15.1% alcohol. 93+ for now, since it still seems a bit rustic and unformed. Decant at least a few hours. Best in 2021 or later.

    - 2017: Similarly light purple in color, this wine is more light in body - there are no teardrops on glass like with the 2016, and its mouthfeel is more skim as opposed to 2%. The aromas, too, are bit more diffuse, with vague notes of black cherry and cardamon (and, really, I’m straining to find those). The tastes, too, seem superficial, with notes of blueberry skins, crushed raspberries, peppercorn, and fruit cake, with a spiny and bright finish (far lighter than the 2016). 15.1% alcohol. 90-91 for now. Best in 2022 or later, though I’m not sure if it will ever quite get there.

    The fruit in the 2016 was a bit chunky, and the fruit in the 2017 was a bit anemic. In other words, the 2016 needs time to lose weight, while the 2017 needs time to gain it. It was interesting how neither offered the pronounced chocolate notes that many providers (like Carter, Fait-Main, or Vice Versa) offer to go with the gravelly tastes. Maybe the 2017 will someday find its footing, but - right now - there’s no doubt the 2016 is the more promising wine.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 94 points

    August 24, 2019 - Mike Smith 2018s & 2017s - Myriad, Quivet, Scarlett, Becklyn, and others (Saint Helena): A more red/purple fruit profile this vintage, with less of the black fruit and scorched mineral elements as is typically the case with this wine and from this site. The front end hits the palate with fresh, pure fruit, with medium intensity and a lush finish. Still working out its dimension and depth, and will require a few years to increase the gravity and concentration of its overall weight and ability to achieve optimum flavor expansion. Upside after 2022+.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 94 points

    March 2, 2019 - Myriad 2017 & 2018: Red bing cherry, pomegranate, red raspberry, plum skin, and some blackberry seed. A higher-toned version of the Quivet LPV, and one that begs for time and patience once it hits bottle. Grippy and acidic on entry, with an energetic thrust to the finish line that keeps the fruit in a primary, focused frame. A floral hit makes for a fascinating additive on the back end. Best after 2023.

    3 people found this helpful Comment

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type Red
  • Producer Quivet 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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  • Pending Delivery 11 (3%)
  • In Cellars 290 (91%)
  • Consumed 18 (6%)

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