No luck needed when you hand Beckstoffer Vineyards fruit to celebrated winemaker Mike Smith – just stand back and wait for the magic. This inaugural release from Perchance Estates is already getting plenty of love. With the bones for a good two decades of cellaring and the promise of cult-wine status, this bottle is a special one indeed. Full-bodied, incredibly seamless, flawlessly balanced – perchance you’ll want a bottle for now and a few for later? Call your Scout and make your wish come true.
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.WE94
This is a spicy, earthy and densely rich wine from the famous site, tingling in acidity and broad strokes of leather, nutmeg and blackberry. Full bodied and made to age, it shows graceful structure in the works, with well-mannered tannin and toasted oak tones. Enjoy best from 2028–2033.