Taub Family Vineyards Backstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Rutherford|
|Brand||Taub Family Vineyards|
Taub Family Vineyards was born out of a dream four generations in the making. It’s a story that began during a pivotal time in U.S. wine history, just days after Prohibition was repealed, and one that is far from completion. The latest chapter is now unfolding as Proprietor Marc D. Taub and his son Jake explore some of California’s most exciting appellations.
Wine has always been the centerpiece of the family’s narrative and livelihood and Marc D. Taub grew up with a deep appreciation for the art of winemaking. His grandfather Marty played an instrumental role in the wine business from the early 1930s, and Marc’s father David later joined Marty’s side to build upon his dream. Marc always knew he would follow in their footsteps. This came to fruition in 2013, when Marc acquired Napa Valley producer Heritance – which later evolved to Taub Family Vineyards. The winery represents some of the best sites in Napa Valley. Each wine embodies a pure expression of its respective AVA and vineyard microsite and is crafted for elegance and extraordinary balance.
The valley oak pictured on the label, a familiar part of any Napa Valley landscape, honors the family's provenance, while the diamond at the base of the tree represents the seed planted for the legacy of generations to come.
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
WINEMAKERS: Tom Hinde
TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES: The grapes are from a 4-acre block within the Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III. The soils are bale, clay loam with gravel. The vines are 25 years on average, with a Clonal Selection of 4, 337, and 7. This vineyard and clonal selection impart opulence, intensity, structure, complexity; This is considered the king of Cabernets.
WINEMAKING: Hand-sorted, fully destemmed grapes. Small, closed fermenters with both native and select Bordeaux yeast isolates are used.
AGEING: Malolactic fermentation in barrel, with a total of 24 months aging, in 100% new French Oak. Each bottle is individually numbered.
TASTING NOTES: Deep garnet color. On the nose, complex aromas with black cherry, vanilla, sage, blueberry, and roasted notes. The wine reveals layers of silky, refined tannins and a firm structure. Dark fruit layers over a harmonious and balanced palate creating a seamless and age-worthy wine.
Wine Advocate 95 pts "Displays profound crème de cassis, Black Forest cake, and plum preserve scents with hints of hoisin, Indian spices, chargrill, and unsmoked cigars plus a touch of dried Provence herbs. Full-bodied, rich and decadent in the mouth, it fills the palate with spice-laced black fruit preserves, framed by grainy tannins and finishing with a menthol kick." - L.P.B. Oct 2018
CELLAR SELECTION; Juicy black cherry is the star of this complex, lengthy and fleshy vineyard-designate wine, which holds its power in check while presenting a wealth of toasted oak and firm tannins. The bold structure suggests it needs more time in the bottle. Enjoy 2026–2031.
The blueberry and blackberry character is impressive with a fresh, wet-earth undertone. Some terracotta. Medium-to full-bodied and slightly hot with a flavorful finish. Shows an attractive tannin texture.
Wine & Spirits
YEAR'S BEST U.S. CABERNET & BLENDS; Ripe and powerful, with black fruit flavors that range from blueberry skins to dimpled plums. There’s some bitterness in the tannins, even as the structure is completely saturated by the density of the fruit.