2016 Taub Family Vineyards (Heritance) Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Taub Family Vineyards (Heritance) Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III displays profound crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and plum preserves scents with hints of hoisin, Indian spices, chargrill and unsmoked cigars plus a touch of dried Provence herbs. Full-bodied, rich and decadent in the mouth, it fills the palate with spice-laced black fruit preserves, framed by grainy tannins and finishing with a menthol kick.
–95 Points Wine Advocate
This is the last of its kind for 2016 key vintage hard core cult Napa Cabernet of the highest order. Cabernet aficionados know that the single vineyard Cabernets from Andy Beckstoffer are at the top, at the pinnacle of Napa Cabernet. Beckstoffer’s single vineyards, To Kalon, George III, Las Piedras and Dr. Crane make Napa Cabs that score 100pts by Parker and sell for hundreds of dollars a bottle. Greats Like Schrader; Paul Hobbs, Maybach and Carter source from these vineyards and sell their wines from $300 to $800 a bottle. Just to get access to Beckstoffer’s vineyards, you need to front up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS AN ACRE before the growing season has even started. Not only is the wine insanely affordable for what’s in the bottle, it is from Napa’s greatest vintage, 2016, which was rated 98 from Parker, the highest rating he has ever given the region tied with only 2013. 5 years in the bottle, it is absolutely pumping and will continue to evolve over the next 15-20 years.
The wine is Heritance 2016 George III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and it is an absolute knockout showstopper. It received 95 points from Parker, and for what’s in the bottle I am shocked I can still get this vintage. The vineyards of Beckstoffer’s George III helped put Napa on the wine world’s map. The vineyards are in the heart of Rutherford, which is in the heart of Napa. The region rose to prominence when Andre Tchelistcheff (chose the site to source the great BV George de Latour Cabernet. Tchelistcheff, a.k.a. The Maestro is credited with contributing more to the success of Napa Cabernet than any other individual.
A commitment to classic Napa Valley style sets Heritance wines apart and deeply roots them in America’s most celebrated wine region. As the cornerstone Napa brand of the Taub Family Vineyards, Heritance produces wines from the best mid-valley sites in St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford – including the renowned Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III.
The family’s roots in the California wine business date back to the days just following the end of Prohibition. Three generations of Taubs, starting with Martin Taub and David S. Taub, have contributed to an illustrious and enterprising legacy in the wine and spirits trade. Inspired by his family’s legacy, Taub Family Vineyards was launched in 2013 by Marc D. Taub, President & CEO of Taub Family Companies which includes Palm Bay International and Taub Family Selections.
The Beauty of Napa is the diversity of its soils: older and mineral driven on the slopes of the Mayacamus and Vaca Mountain ranges, with alluvial fans of primarily gravelly, sandy and loamy clay on the valley floor. Rutherford soils are dominated by the Franciscan marine sedimentary materials with some volcanic deposits. The Mediterranean climate allows for a long, dry summer with warm days and cool nights, and light summer rainfall, with a low risk for vineyard disease.
Under the experienced eye of chief winemaker Tom Hinde, Heritance wines uphold a tradition of elegance. Former President and CEO of Flowers Winery, Tom’s experience in California winemaking is considerable. While he is involved in every aspect of the growing and winemaking process, he also finds time to promote the wines across the country, working with Marc Taub to showcase the beauty of Napa Valley in every bottle of Heritance.