2018 Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA
Possessing a deep garnet core and aromas of sweet Morello cherry, baker’s mocha and savory herbs, this 2018 is a deeply compelling wine with remarkable depth and concentration of flavors. A backbone of firm tannins support expressive lay-ers of blackcurrant and blueberry confiture, with an underlying crushed rock minerality and lift of acidity that lends tension to the long, seamless finish.
Rated 98 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard opens with provocative ferrous, crushed rocks and tar notes over a core of crème de cassis, redcurrant jelly and raspberry leaves with a hint of wild fungi. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut with tension and jam-packed with pure black and red fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins, finishing with uplifting mineral sparks. This energetic beauty needs some time. Give it a good 4-5 years in bottle and drink it over the next 25 years+.
Rated 96 Points James Suckling
A juicy, round-textured red with plum and berry character, as well chocolate and spice. Wet rock, too. It’s full-bodied and layered with pretty fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Extremely polished and poised. A little tight at the finish. Drink after 2023, but already very attractive.
Rated 95 Points Wine Spectator
Ripe and vivid, with a lovely display of cassis, plum and anise flavors driving through nicely, while violet and graphite accents add range and length. A light bramble accent underscores it all, adding good energy. A really strong showing. Best from 2022 through 2036.