Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper
2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
AVA: Napa Valley
Vineyard: Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Cooperage: 22 Months French Oak, Taransaud and Darnajou
Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper – One of Napa Valley’s oldest vineyards, Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper was originally owned by George Yount, from whom the town of Yountville takes its name. This vineyard yields ripe fruit full of balance and power. Perfectly trellised vines soak up morning fog from the San Pablo Bay, while the robust foliage of the vines protect growing clusters from summer heat.
Oakville AVA – Lying along the valley floor, Napa Valley’s Oakville AVA brings the best of climate, soil and topography to wine growing. Beyond terroir, Oakville is lined with family-owned vineyards, meticulous farmers and winemakers. Fertile soils promote world-class grape growing conditions, while warm summers and dry, cool autumns are perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vintage Notes – The fifth consecutively exceptional year for Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 growing season brought early bud break and spring rain. Temperate summer conditions allowed the fruit much needed time to naturally mature on the vine. A near perfect vintage, most vineyards saw slightly lower than average yields, but this coveted crop is showing tremendous quality.
Wine Maker Notes – Displaying an impressive array of powerful dark fruit aromas, intriguing floral aromatics and wisps of sweet herbs and spice on the nose, the 2016 Missouri Hopper offers a stunning first impression. The palate is round and rich with classic cassis and toasted caramel, tied together seamlessly by pencil lead and mineral profiles that last long after tasting. A seductive and complex Cabernet, this powerhouse wine pays homage to both its Bordeaux bloodline and California upbringing.
2016, Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points - From another great site farmed by the famous Beckstoffer, this is grainy, textured and robustly ripe. Powerfully built to age and impress, it offers a wealth of lush, layered blue fruit and black licorice, as well as impressive structure. Enjoy 2026-2031.