Quite possibly the most expressive Georges III we have ever made. Notes of spiced plumb, black cherry, and Bosc pear are followed by a note of mandarin orange and sarsaparilla that build intrigue and anticipation for the tasting experience. The palate has darker undertones and a thick round impression. The mélange of fruits and French roast coffee bean are mouth coating and build to a long satisfying finish and tannin that is perfectly ripe and firm. A stunner.
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Vineyard: Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III, Napa Valley
To stand out among the lineup of 2017 Cabernets is a Herculean achievement for any wine. The Hopper delivers and then some. A full and permeating bouquet of Christmas spice, black fruits and dried strawberry are wrapped in roasted cocoa bean and black mission fig aromas. The palate is laced with a similar combination of fruits but with enticing vanilla bean and lead undertones. This wine is layered and structured perfectly. We recommend a hearty decanting if enjoyed in the first few years. At the 8 to 10-year mark, we will see this wine further developing and hitting stride. A legend in the making.
The 2016 Wall Road Cabernet may be our most powerful yet elegant wine yet from this esteemed site. Pure dark mountain fruit balanced with ripe tannins make this vintage a real stand out. Black currant, dried blueberry notes and sweet dark herbs define this mountain gem. Mouth coating viscosity leads to a long-lasting finish with layers of fruit. This wine is fully approachable in its youth and will surely age like a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.
A rare combination of power and precision from one of the greatest Chardonnay terroirs in California. A full expression of ripe stone and citrus fruits burst forth on the nose, pear, sliced pineapple and kaffir lime aromas are reflected on the textured and creamy palate, while the mid-palate lifts with bright crushed river stone and citrus peel minerality, pulling the flavors along a finish that seems to linger over a minute after tasting. A true gem what will age right alongside top-level Cabernets and gain complexity and finesse.