Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III
2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
AVA: Napa Valley
Vineyard: Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Cooperage: 22 Months French Oak, Taransaud and Darnajou
Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III - Located on the legendary Rutherford bench, this 300-acre site was once home to BV’s Georges de Latour Private Reserve made by renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. Planted with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, wines from this historic vineyard have long received wide acclaim. Boich Family Cellar is proud to continue the legacy of crafting world-class wines from this esteemed site.
Rutherford AVA – One of Napa Valley’s warmer AVAs, Rutherford is home to some of the most prominent wineries and vineyards. Lying low on the valley floor, this region is composed of well-drained gravel, loam and sand, all of which contribute to the area’s distinguished “Rutherford dust” terroir. In the words of André Tchelistcheff, “it takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet,” and indeed, Rutherford Cabernets show great elegance, full- bodied flavor and dusty tannins.
Vintage Notes – Rain came early in the 2016 growing season providing relief to drought-stricken vines. Flowering returned a small crop, but nearly perfect summer weather helped foster the growing berries. Ideal conditions continued through harvest where fruit was picked at optimal concentration, resulting in aromatically expressive, inviting wine full of promise.
Wine Maker Notes - This historic heritage site never disappoints. Signature black cherry components are all over the nose and palate with even more dark fruit components and blackberry preserve notes than previous vintages. Fruit-driven with a touch of Rutherford dust on the palate, a curious note of sabarilla and sweet spice make the full-bodied G3 Cabernet memorable and intriguing. Soft, round tannins give a hedonistic edge to this wine. With a great length of finish this wine is showing its best in the 2016 vintage.
2016, Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points - From the great site in Rutherford, this wine is dusty and weighty in blue fruit, leather and polished grippy tannin. With a touch of that grip on the texture, it shows as complex and robustly ripe and full bodied, offering an explosive concentration of up-front succulence and savory underbelly.
2015, James Suckling, 93 Points - Herbal liqueur, dried tobacco, ivy, dried lavender, and black currant compote. The palate's tight and nicely interwoven amidst firm, structured tannins. Full-bodied with lots of plush fruit, but it remains balanced. Drink in 2022.
2014, Wine Advocate, RP 96 - The 2014 Beckstoffer Georges III has a full-bodied mouthfeel with stunning richness, length and a great finish. It is a magnificent Cabernet Sauvignon from a first-growth vineyard that once was the backbone of many of the famous BV Private Reserves of the 1950s and 60s.