Georges III Vineyard
Rutherford AVA, Napa Valley
Historical records from the Beckstoffer Heritage Vineyard reveal a fascinating past. Portions of this vineyard can be traced back to 1895 when Mrs. Thomas Rutherford planted the initial vines. The story continues with the acquisition of this 300-acre plot by Beaulieu founder Georges de Latour in 1928, at which point it became known as Beaulieu Vineyard Number 3. This historic site was the birthplace of BV’s Rutherford Cabernets, crafted by the renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. The wines produced here garnered widespread acclaim during the 1960s and 70s, solidifying BV’s reputation as a premier producer of fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
In 1988, Beckstoffer Vineyards took ownership of the vineyard and embarked on a comprehensive rejuvenation effort. The vineyard was replanted using new Cabernet Sauvignon clones, employing tighter vine spacing and advanced trellising systems to optimize both grape quality and yield. A significant milestone was reached in 2009 when 181 acres of the vineyard were placed under a land conservation easement, ensuring that non-agricultural development would be forever prohibited on this hallowed ground.
Sleeping Lady Vineyard
Yountville AVA, Napa Valley
Sleeping Lady Vineyard derives its name from a distinctive formation of foothills that resembles a reclining woman. Spanning across 46 acres in the West Benchland of the Mayacamas Mountains, this vineyard benefits from its location in the Yountville AVA, which boasts a uniquely cool microclimate. This microclimate is renowned for producing highly rated Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Epilogue Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Sleeping Lady Vineyard is particularly noteworthy, showcasing captivating aromatic floral notes, robust tannins, and a natural elegance. The wine reflects the exceptional quality of the grapes grown in this vineyard.
Managed and owned by Giancarlo Bettinelli, the son of the legendary Winemaker Larry Bettinelli, Sleeping Lady Vineyard is not only remarkable for its beauty but also for the Grand Cru quality of its grapes. With a rich heritage, this vineyard has established a reputation for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world. The combination of the vineyard’s unique terroir, the influence of the cool microclimate, and the expertise of Giancarlo Bettinelli contribute to the exceptional wines that originate from Sleeping Lady Vineyard.
Barking Dog Vineyard
Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley
Barking Dog Vineyard is influenced by the proximity of San Pablo and San Francisco Bay, which brings cooling winds and early morning fog to the area. These climatic factors, combined with diverse soils suitable for viticulture, contribute to the vineyard’s favorable conditions.
The 10-acre appellation vineyard of Barking Dog features rocky volcanic soils, which offer natural drainage and enable the vines to establish deep root systems. This enhances the overall health and resilience of the vineyard and contributes to the quality of the grapes.
Located in the picturesque farmlands of Coombsville, Barking Dog Vineyard is owned by Larry and Beverley Thomson. They were among the early pioneers in Napa Valley to plant Bordeaux varietal Merlot. The Merlot sourced from Barking Dog Vineyard is known for its aromatic qualities, brightness, and natural acidity. These characteristics make it a crucial component in crafting our Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend, which is described as truly show-stopping. The unique attributes of the Merlot grapes from Barking Dog Vineyard contribute to the distinctive character and excellence of this red blend.
Overall, Barking Dog Vineyard benefits from its favorable climate, diverse soils, and the expertise of its owners, resulting in the production of exceptional Merlot grapes and wines that showcase the best of the Coombsville appellation in Napa Valley.