92 Points - Robert Parker Jr.
"The two cuvees of 2014 from the Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard in Rutherford include the delicious 2014 12C Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III 150-case lot made from clone 7, which exhibits plenty of cedar wood, blackcurrants, licorice, fruitcake and underbrush. The wine is medium to full-bodied, round, juicy and best drunk over the next 10-12 years."
The 2014 vintage produced wines that winemakers, vineyard growers and critics alike couldn't agree more that dry drought years can turn out some head turning quality. The 2014 12C Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed a mild spring, followed by a steady ripening season due to our perfect Rutherford soil & water table profile. Fabulous summer days and mild nights provided the perfect opportunity to create a deep, dark and compelling wine. Deep dark ruby purple in the glass, there is an amazing sense of clarity, notes crème cassis, macerated cherries, dark chocolate and barrel spice combine with a dusty soil component that intermingle with a rich texture and full bodied mouth feel that stays light on its feet. Year after year the Georges III vineyard is consistent for making a prodigious, full-flavored and lively wine that has a sense of place and purpose. The mid palate and finish is loaded with opulent & perfectly ripened fruit that sails off into a powerful yet refined finish that is buttressed by perfectly ripened tannins that frame a 30-second finish. Drink this Cabernet with a 3-4 hour decant in the first few years, or age it 6-8 years to bring out any hidden complexities.
About The Vineyard
Because of its prime location and high demand, this vineyard is known for its production of many great Cabernets exhibiting the Famous “Rutherford Dust” mystique. Formerly known as the Beaulieu Vineyard No. 3, The Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III sits in the heart of the Rutherford AVA, which was originally planted by Georges DeLatour of Beaulieu in 1928.
The rows used are between the Silverado Trail and Conn Creek Road. The Northern/Southern exposure provides for Sunny Days and allows the warm temperatures to heat the soil producing great concentrated flavors, while still maintaining a complex character. Magically, this offsets the cool breezes in the late afternoon, which enable the ripening process to be more controlled in order to sustain the flavors.