As is the case with all the Gregory James Wines, the wines produced are in very small quantities, but from some the finest vineyards that can be obtained. For the cabernet sauvignon, this is achieved by the acquisition of fruit from one of the most storied vineyards in the Napa valley, the Georges III vineyard in Rutherford.
The Georges III vineyards are located approximate mid valley in the Rutherford appellation, known for the first family to grow grapes in its present location in the 1890’s. The specific vineyard moniker is derived as the third vineyard purchased by the Georges de Latour family who created the Beaulieu Vineyards winery in the early part of the 20th century. “BV” were likely the first “ Napa cult wines “ produced in Napa and to this day are very highly regarded worldwide.
Andre Tschelistchev was George de Latour first winemaker and was its winemaker for over 40 years creating some of the most sought after wines in Napa, bringing innovation and improvement to both viticulture and winemaking, and also mentoring some of the finest winemakers in California.
Andy Beckstoffer purchased this historic vineyard and retained the name in honor of the men who made it so famous. Andy Beckstoffer is one of the most highly regarded growers in Napa ( and beyond ) and fruit from any of his vineyards is sought by many of the cult wineries in Napa.
GJW inaugural vintage ( 2018 ) cabernet sauvignon is presently in barrels and has been reviewed by the Beckstoffer vineyard and well regarded as worthy to receive permission to utilize the vineyard name. This will be an extremely limited release, likely as a pre-release in 2020.
The wine is classic and traditional in demeanor. The fruit is intense, focused yet beautifully elegant and balanced. The aromatics rich and powerful cassis, currants, black cherry, Rutherford dust and the flavors follow that are mouth filling and remain. The wine was hand made by punchdown in small lots and has seen only 100% French oak, 70% new.