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Alejandro Bulgheroni Lithology Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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 98 Points
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Alejandro Bulgheroni Lithology Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. 

From a St. Helena vineyard planted by early Napa settler Edward Bale more than 150 years ago, and later serving as the estate vineyard for the area’s first winery built by Henry Pellet in 1860, the Las Piedras site always gives us our prettiest wine. When placed next to Dr. Crane and To-Kalon wines, the Las Piedras show a certain elegance, with a very graceful entry and finely detailed complexity. We produce it with at least 75% new French oak, so there is a floral, spicy, and vanilla accent to the intense red and black fruits, cassis, and black cherry liqueur. What distinguishes this bottling is the beautifully fine tannins, delicate texture, and stunning purity. (Less than 100 cases made.)

Fermentation 70% Oak, 24% Concrete, 6% Puncheon


"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lithology Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard comes from a world-class site outside of St. Helena and is all Cabernet that spent 20 months in 80% new oak. It offers a touch more red fruit as well ample cassis, spring flowers, loamy earth, and spice-like aromas and flavors. It has a wonderful sense of minerality, ultra-fine tannins, a dense, layered texture, and incredibly purity of fruit. It’s another just about off the charts release from this estate."

 - Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points

Winery: Alejandro Bulgheroni

The land of Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate was once part of the Rancho Carne Humana Spanish land grant given to Edward T. Bale in 1841. Bale married the niece of Mexican General Vallejo and was awarded the grant shortly after. Their daughter, Caroline, married Charles Krug and received a dowry of a 20-acre piece of the Rancho that would eventually become Charles Krug Winery.

Gradually, the Rancho was sold and divided into smaller lots. in 1860, our 13-acre parcel was sold for $2,070 to John Howell, a prominent blacksmith in Napa County and for whom Howell Mountain was named.

In modern history, the estate was first planted to grapes by Jim and Nena Talcott in 1975. Under their ownership, a charming stone winery was built to vinify the property's grapes.

The property then served as the Founders Room for the wine portfolio of H. William Harlan and produce the first vintages of The Napa Valley Reserve.

After its acquisition by Alejandro Bulgheroni, he began an extensive renovation and enhancement project to upgrade the old stone winery, plant new vineyard blocks, transform the tasting salon and re-envision the future of the property.

The winery renovations provided upgraded infrastructure and new equipment, dedicated solely to the vinification of Lithology wines. In future years, additional vineyard blocks will be planted at the highest elevation of the property and a cave will be built for barrel storage and aging.

Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate 

Certified organic, the Estate vineyard is at the base of Howell Mountain and the Vaca Mountain range where rich, volcanic soils are found, resulting in wines that are deep and ripe with structure, firm tannins, and acid for long cellaring. The site is comprised of a very thin layer of soil, less than one foot in depth, that rests on igneous rocks and materials weathered from volcanic ash. This well-drained, mineral-rich soil is ideal for cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon.

Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate is planted in two parts, one above and one below the beautiful stone barn and winery on Meadowood Lane in St. Helena. It has had several well-known owners beginning with John Howell, the blacksmith for whom they named the mountain, then Charles Krug. In modern history, the site was first planted to grapes by Jim and Nena Talcott, in 1975. Under their ownership, a charming stone winery was built to vinify the property’s grapes. The property then served as the “Founders Room” for the wine portfolio of H. William Harlan and produced the first vintages of “The Napa Valley Reserve.” Now, under the Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate banner, the vineyard is producing some of the finest Cabernet in the area, and we recently added a small block for Sauvignon Blanc as well.

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane

Dr. Crane Vineyard sits at the base of the western hills of St. Helena. A window into showcasing one for the grapes that gave birth to Cabernet Sauvignon from one of California's most legendary single-vineyard plots of earth. Napa pioneer, Dr. George Belden Crane originally planted Dr. Crane Vineyard in 1858. Acquired by Beckstoffer Vineyard in 1997, the vineyard's gravelly loam soils were replanted in 1998 to multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc.

Beckstoffer Las Piedras

The history of the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard closely resembles that of Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate. It was once part of the Rancho Carne Humana Spanish land grant given to Edward T. Bale by Mexican General Vallejo. It was first planed by Bale to Mission grapes, making it one of the first vineyards planted in the Saint Helena Appellation. Henry Amstutz, one of California's first great winemakers, replanted the vineyard to wine grapes in 1860. In 1983, Beckstoffer Vineyards purchased the property and planted two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The vineyard, located at the base of Sulfur Creek, is comprised of well-drained soils created from the Creek's run-off and peppered with rocks and small pebbles. Aptly named Las Piedras by vineyard workers, the name translated in English means "the stones". Its effect on wines is marked with a fresh vibrancy and deeply concentrated fruit.

Beckstoffer To Kalon

Perhaps the most famous of the Beckstoffer vineyards, and certainly one of the most celebrated in Napa’s history. Planted by H. W. Crabb, in 1868, as the Hermosa Vineyard, it was 250 acres and already the most famous vineyard in California when it was renamed To Kalon (meaning “highest beauty” in Greek.) Mr. Crabb lived long enough to expand the vineyard several times and made it one of the most successful wine cellars prior to Prohibition. Afterward, it passed to a couple of families who cared well for the vineyard until it was finally purchased (in part) by Andy Beckstoffer, in 1993, and replanted in 1994. Even after 150 years, the reputation of this “Grand Cru” vineyard has never been greater.

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