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.
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Vineyard: Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III, Napa Valley
Thick, dense and expansive, the 2016 Missouri Hopper shows dark fig and cassis preserves, dried cherry and strawberry. Clone 337 from this historic site in southeast Oakville, a touch of molasses and stick spices linger throughout. Despite its saturation and size on the palate, the flavors roll perfectly together through a long and inky finish. This wine has the ability to taste great upon release and cellar well beyond while building complexity and nuance.
Pure, powerful and polished, the 2015 Wall Road shows immense aromas of black currant, blueberry, blackberry preserves and hints of sweet dark herbs. The palate is fully developed and well structured with firm but ripe tannin and layers of dried red fruits and currants. There is a forest and sweet herb quality that hints at the signature terroir of this Mountain gem. The finish is long and lingering and lifts the layers of fruit on the palate perfectly.
Considered an ideal vintage, 2016 brought Sonoma County a refreshing and much needed drought break with a rainy winter followed by a wet spring. A cool, moderate August caused ripening to take place slowly and predictably, allowing for longer hang time and prolonging the development of flavors. Harvested berries showed firm, healthy skins, deep flavors, and great acidity—all signs of high-quality wine.