Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III
2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Vineyard: Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Cooperage: 22 Months French Oak, Taransaud and Darnajou
Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III - This 300-acre parcel first purchased by Beaulieu founder Georges de Latour in 1928 and called Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch #3, was the home to BV’s George de Latour Private Reserve made by the renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. These wines achieved wide acclaim beginning in the 1940’s and established BV’s pre-eminence in the making of fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Boich Family 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 –Amid the California drought, Rutherford received below average rainfall throughout 2014, causing vines to grow concentrated fruit—resulting in wines with balanced palate, bold ripe-fruit flavor and strong, silky finish. Despite lower than usual yields and an early harvest bookended by the destructive August earthquake, 2014 is proving to be one of the strongest vintages in modern California history.
Wine Maker Notes - A warm and broad nose full of strawberry jam, dried cherries and cranberry. With lesser notes of plum tart and vanilla bean. A luxurious and textured palate of red and black fruits is supported by firm yet deliciously ripe tannin. A tasting experience that is saturated with classic GIII black cherry components and rich mouth feel characteristic of the particularly well drained soils in this part of the vineyard. A true valley floor gem.
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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.