2011 Judge Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III

Estate: Judge Palmer Wine Co.
Region: Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States of America
Vineyard: Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard


Tasting Note:February 25, 2016

Wine was garnet red with brownish edges. Very interesting nose. For us it has some clear signs it was from a wetter and cooler vintage. Started off a little stinky/dirty we like to say. Notes of cheese, slight mold, and subtle chalk. It also had a vegetal element to it with some bell peppers and possibly a little more greenery. Solid undertones of cassis. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and moderate plus body. This wine definitely has some oak characteristics such as vanilla. The palate was very complex, in addition to vanilla there were notes of cassis, dark berries, cinnamon, baking spices, dark chocolate and a little mint. Slightly vegetal undertones as well. Long lingering finish supported by more cassis. Our first wine from any of the Beckstoffer Vineyards and it did not disappoint. We can only imagine how good the 2012 or 2013 will be after trying the 2011. Hopefully we will get to try those out once they are released!

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Drink Dates:

2016 till 2028.


93+ points.

Price Point:

$$$ - Provided as a sample from the Estate. Can be purchased for $115.00 from the Estate.