- Producer: Fait-Main
- Winemaker: Benoit Touquette
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Saint Helena)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 200 cases
- Winery location: Saint Helena
- Owners: Benoit Touquette
- First vintage: 2012
- Drinking window: 2020-2035
About The Wine
The Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard in Saint Helena was the first site ever produced by Fait-Main. The stony, tough soils in the middle of a typically soft and rich valley floor, create a full-bodied wine with sumptuous complexity. The richly layered palate that each vintage has expressed thus far, shows the site’s compelling interplay of fruit and structure, bound together with graceful minerality.
After a five-year drought, the 2017 growing season started with heavy winter rainfall that resulted in strong vine growth and early bud break. A gentle spring followed, creating a robust fruit set, with large clusters and vigorous, healthy vines heading into the summer months.
Those early rains helped prevent hydric stress in the vineyards during a dry summer dominated by heat spikes. While June saw notable heat events, the most significant heatwave occurred at the end of summer, delaying ripening by two weeks. Diligent canopy management and the addition of shade cloths provided the fruit balanced sunlight while protecting from dehydration.
Harvest arrived early in the northern part of the valley were Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is located. We were fortunate to harvest all fruit at full maturity before devastating wildfires broke out on the night of October 8th. The wine was aged in 75% new French Oak.
Fait-Main Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
"A gorgeously sweet nose of blackcurrants, dried flowers, Asian spice, and loamy earth and chocolate emerges from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard. Deeply concentrated, with a light, elegant texture, beautiful tannins, and a great finish, this stunning wine is already beautiful but will shine for 15 years or more."
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020)