2015 Alpha Omega "Beckstoffer Georges III" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1341589 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III gives a deep garnet-purple color and slightly shy nose to begin, soon opening out to a multilayered bouquet of forest floor, dusty earth and crushed rock notions over a core of blackberry preserves, baked plums and chocolate-covered cherries with wafts of bay leaves and menthol. The elegant, medium to full-bodied palate struts fantastic poise even at this youthful stage, with firm, exquisitely fine, pixelated tannins, lovely freshness and incredible length that reveals great depth. (LPB) 97+  (10/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A big step up over the 2014, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard comes from another Rutherford site. It offers a killer bouquet of cassis, black cherry and blueberry fruits intermixed with notions of graphite, wet stone, spring flowers and cedar. Boasting fabulous purity, impeccable balance, integrated acidity and full-bodied richness, it’s a sensational Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that’s going to keep for 20-30 years. 97+  (12/2017)

92 points Vinous

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer - Georges III is sensual, ripe and alluring, with no hard edges and terrific overall balance. To be sure, the natural intensity of the year is very much in evidence, but the Georges III has a creaminess and overall feel that is quite appealing. Another year or two in bottle should help the wine come together a bit more, but the 2015 is delicious, even at this early stage. (AG)  (3/2018)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.