2018 Carte Blanche 'Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
According to the Wine Advocate, this beauty “sashays out of the glass with gregarious notions of baked plums, warm cassis and blueberry compote...” We admire the confidence of a good sashay and can’t wait to dive into the full-bodied palate “laden with bright, lively, energetic black fruits supported with firm, super ripe tannins...” Only 500 cases made, better get yours quick!
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Featuring a deep garnet-purple color, it sashays out of the glass with gregarious notions of baked plums, warm cassis and blueberry compote with suggestions of kirsch, dusty soil and Indian spices. The palate is full-bodied and laden with bright, lively, energetic black fruits, supported with firm, super ripe tannins and finishing on a persistent exotic spice note. 500 cases were made.
Lastly, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard comes from a great site in Oakville that continues to fly slightly under the radar yet produces brilliant wines. Incredible cassis, graphite, damp earth, and violet notes emerge from the glass, and this full-bodied beauty offers plenty of high-end oak, ripe, seamless tannins, and flawless balance. It just screams of Cabernet. There’s no harm drinking bottles today, but I’d nevertheless recommend a solid 4-5 years of bottle age. It should keep for two-plus decades.
This is very intense with spices, walnuts, herbs and plums, as well as blackcurrants. It’s full-to medium-bodied with agility, freshness and ultra fine tannins that are juicy and flavorful. Lots of fruit, but it remains in-check and fresh. Drinkable now, but better in two or three years.