2017 GIII


The Schrader GIII is always a standout in our portfolio because the unique soil structure of the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard consistently provides a distinctive bright red fruit character. Beautifully aromatic, the Schrader GIII reveals a melange of bramble fruits and blueberries mixed with graphite notes and sweet spice. This wine truly wraps the senses and delivers an abundance of fruit to the palate that carries through to a round, satisfying finish.

  • Vintage 2017
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Georges III
  • Appellation Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clone Pure Clone 337
  • Cooperage Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels
  • Winemaker Thomas River Brown
  • Tasting Notes

    The Schrader GIII is always a standout in our portfolio because the unique soil structure of the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard consistently provides a distinctive bright red fruit character. Beautifully aromatic, the Schrader GIII reveals a melange of bramble fruits and blueberries mixed with graphite notes and sweet spice. This wine truly wraps the senses and delivers an abundance of fruit to the palate that carries through to a round, satisfying finish.

  • Accolades

    96+ Pts. “Very deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard comes roaring out of the glass with vivacious black cherry cordial, crème de cassis and blueberry pie scents with hints of menthol, licorice, mocha and spice cake. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of spicy black fruit preserves, framed by plush tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long.”
    — Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

    96 Pts. “Extremely clean, fruity aromas of crushed berries and cardamon. Medium to full body, well-integrated tannins and a soft, silky texture. Long and focused. Drink or hold.”
    — James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

    93 Pts. “An extrovert, with bold cassis, plum sauce and boysenberry compote flavors augmented by violet, mint and warm black licorice notes. Offers a flashy, toasty finish that pulls everything together while avoiding the rustic, brambly nore typical of the vintage. Best from 2021 through 2033. 588 cases made.”
    — James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

    (95-97) Pts. “Moving to the barrel samples, winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown commented that how an estate handled the Labor Day heat wave was more important than the fires, and I can certainly say they've succeeded admirably. Starting with the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard, it offers a full-bodied, ripe, sweetly fruited, even flamboyant style as well as loads of spice-laced red and blue fruits, incense, and subtle floral notes. It’s balanced, with fine tannins and a great finish.”
    — Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

  • Vineyard

    Located in Rutherford on the east side of the valley floor, the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard boasts a pedigreed history that dates back to the late 1800s. We source the grapes for our Schrader GIII from a small, specific section of the vineyard that was formerly a natural riverbed. The gentle slope and unique gravel and rock composition of this block produces stunning fruit with phenomenal concentration and character. We truly feel we have found the ideal “sweet spot” of this historic vineyard estate.

  • Vintage

    Spring of 2017 was one of the largest winter rainfall totals we have experienced in recent years. Fortunately, once flowering started, the rains held off and allowed for optimal fruit set and prepared the clusters for even fruit ripening. Veraison finished at the end of August and the vines were positioned for success. Due to a combination of natural phenomena, the yields in 2017 are slightly lower and nearly matched to those that we produced in 2016 and 2015. This lower than average yield allowed for greater concentration on the vine providing the wines with more depth of character and rich complexity.