This incredibly sumptuous and satisfying Cabernet does justice to the impeccable vineyards behind it. Deep, rich and explosive, it will knock your socks off with its textural intensity and trademark mineral savoriness beneath all that unctuous, bold fruit.
When he decided to establish a family domaine in his own name in the Napa Valley, international wine entrepreneur Alejandro Bulgheroni did everything right. The details are simply dizzying. First, he bought a vineyard and winery just south of Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, where Bill Harlan and his team made some of their wines before he moved into new facilities on the west side of Oakville. He hired Jim Barbour, a Rutherford native and veteran of over 40 Napa Valley harvests to manage this Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate Vineyard. Barbour has also been responsible for tending the vines of such luminaries as Hundred Acre, Checkerboard, Gandona, Blankiet, and Grace Family.There would be no question that Bulgheroni would also purchase fruit from Andy Beckstoffer’s jewel box vineyards, such as To Kalon in Oakville, and Las Piedras and Dr. Crane in St. Helena. The winemaking team had to be the best in the world. Bulgheroni hired superstar winemaker Philippe Melka [Dominus, Pétrus] and his onetime mentor Michel Rolland to oversee oenology. Day to day winemaking is handled by Matt Sands, an alum of harvests at Screaming Eagle and Bryant Family. Critical acclaim inevitably followed. In December of last year, Robert Parker scored every 2015 and 2016 Bulgheroni wine above 95, with the 2016 Lithology Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon scoring a potential 100 points.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lithology Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is a relatively accessible wine from this St. Helena site. Inky dark fruit, crème de cassis, licorice, spice, lavender and mocha infuse the 2018 with striking nuance. This is such an expressive and inviting wine. The insistent energy and drive that are such Piedras signatures emerge over time, but remain mostly covered by the dense fruit.