Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard, Napa Valley, California

2017 vintage – Nestled at the foot of Spring Mountain, the vineyard was planted in 2001 and produces mineral-driven cabernet sauvignon that’s true to its site. The interplay of pure fruit, lush tannins, and mineral expressions capture this vineyard’s unique personality. Site – flat with a slight eastern aspect and northeast to southwest orientation. Soil: shallow horizon of gravelly loam over riverwash deposits. Winemaking: Hand-sorted while still cold from the field. Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. 5-day cold soak, 32 day total maceration. Gentle pumpovers and délestage
. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new. Coopers: Taransaud, Darnajou, Boutes, Baron. Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bottled unfined and unfiltered; June 2019. Tasting notes: Exhibiting a vivid deep purple hue and aromas of ripe blackberry, cracked black pepper, and graphite, the wine deftly captures the true character of this western St. Helena site named Las Piedras, or ‘the stones’. Red currant, mocha, and lavender fill the palate which seamlessly harmonize with distinct mineral expressions of wet crushed rock. Structured around a backbone of firm tannins, the acidity lends energy to the finish, accented by a supple texture that gives the wine an added level of refinement and class.