2012 Napa Valley Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon

The Vineyard

Why the name Georges III? This 300-acre parcel was first purchased by Beaulieu founder Georges de Latour in 1928 and named Beaulieu Vineyard Number 3. This vineyard’s reputation stands as one of the premier and most historic in Napa Valley. The Conn Creek used to run through this area resulting in rocky, tough soil that is concentrated deep beneath the surface.

Winemaking

The 2012 vintage featured ideal weather conditions in Napa Valley, with moderate heat to ripen the grapes at an even pace. The grapes were hand-picked in October, destemmed and gently crushed to tank for a five day cold soak, cool to warm fermentation for nine days and a seven day extended maceration. The wine was pressed and then racked into 70% new and 30% used French oak barrels for 20 months.

Tasting Notes

This wine is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with the famous “Rutherford Dust” aromatic profile, and the fruit of dark cherries, blueberries, and blackberries on the nose and palate. It’s a complex and full bodied wine with lusciously lingering flavors and velvet-smooth tannins on the finish.

$125/bottle

Vineyard photo credit: www.beckstoffervineyards.comAthair 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Front-ME

Wine Spies 2015 Intrigue Awards Winner for Top Elite Wine of the Year “Knock-your-socks-off delicious”