Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: “You have to give winemaker Mike Smith credit, the guy makes brilliant wines wherever he goes. This was my first chance tasting this new project and these are both impressive wines. There are only 341 cases of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard, which hails from a historic site Rutherford and was brought up in 85% new French oak. Its dense purple hue is followed by rich notes of crème de cassis, mulled black cherries, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and a hint of cedar. These carry to a full-bodied, incredibly seamless 2018 with no hard edges, flawless balance, and ripe, velvety tannins. It opens up with time in the glass, and while already complex and enjoyable, it’s going to evolve for 20-25 years in cold cellars. It’s a gorgeous wine.”
Winemaker Notes “Wine Profile — Blue fruit extravaganza, soft and supple Rutherford dust mid-palate with cocoa powder tannins intermingled throughout. The extended elevage’ and Darnajou and Taransaud French oak barrel selections add extra depth, grace, and power to this bold and lush wine.
Palate Impressions — An explosive wine of verve and power, showing blue fruits across the spectrum. Extraction, intensity, and dark berry liquor elements dance across the palate with wonderfully smooth and integrated tannins. The Perchance Estates bottling exudes more depth, extraordinary length and grace, with a finish that can last for 2 days.”