Californian Cabernet 2010: panel tasting results
Alpha Omega Beckstoffer Georges III Rutherford Napa Valley
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Stephen Brook 18.5 Pierre Mansour 18.5 Angela Mount 18.5
This property, which counts Franciscan and Beaulieu as its neighbors, is a relative newcomer to Rutherford. However it has made a quick impact in Napa, thanks to Swiss-born winemaker Jean Hofliger, a veteran of Châteaux Lynch-Bages and Carbonnieux, and the ministrations of consultant Michel Rolland. Part of that success has been access to top vineyards, including this historic site in eastern Rutherford. Beckstoffer Georges III was once known as BV3 and made up the core of Beaulieu’s Georges de Latour cuvée. It was acquired by star grower Andy Beckstoffer in 1988, and has become Beckstoffer’s home base for his extensive vineyard holdings.
Stephen Brook: Exuberant cassis nose, which is stylish, oaky and packed with fruit. Fresh, crunchy, zesty fruit palate. Atypical Rutherford but has the 2010 vintage character in spades. Clarity, polish, persistence and good length.
Pierre Mansour: The nose is focused and restrained, while the palate shows smoky notes and lots of lovely pure fruit and excellent balance. This wine is classy with a fine tannin backbone and a long concentrated finish
Angela Mount: Inky, sticky richness of ripe fruit; almost raisin-like. It has a very ripe fig character with supple tannins, well integrated oak and a voluptuous core.
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