Beaulieu Bv Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
A classic Rutherford Cab with full violet-ruby color and distinctive local aromas of black cherry, dark olive and mineral, combined with hints of smoky oak and blackberry. The fine flavors echo the nose. Medium acidity and body plus supple tannins. With a fine balance between alcohol, fruit and tannin, this young wine already drinks well and will support 6-10 years aging.
Standard Cali Cab. Great Silk. Licorice Cassis finish...tasty...took several hours in bottle to open up.
Drank at 2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards Grape Stomp.
Compared to the many other bottles we consumed, this one was lacking and flat.
Best Cab for $21 or under. Full bodied. RICH and full flavor. Bold. Great nose and long taste.
I'm pretty sure this is the one I had and I'd have to agree with my friend's assessment that it is one of the best California cabs. It's an extraordinarily inviting medium-bodied wine. Somewhat tannic, but very rounded texture from the tannins. Quite fruity and oaky with a nice and slight tanginess. A fantastic finish, moderately long in a way that begs that I have more. Quite superb.
Very smooth, sweet, crystallized sugar on cork, medium body, less spicy, well balanced
External Reviews for Beaulieu Bv Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Classic Georges, balanced and ageworthy, yet riper and lusher than any Private Reserve in memory. Magnificently ripe fruit, rich in currants and cocoa, well-oaked, with sweet, complex tannins. Doesn't try to out-wow the competition in power, but the equilibrium is its strong point. Now through 2015.
A profoundly deep nose of red and black fruit, with cedar, ginger and nutmeg. The sense of balance and grace is sublime, as layers of cassis, plum and cinnamon keep unfolding. The chewy finish is lengthy and elegant, and it should be held for no less than five years. This bottling honors its pedigree as California's first classic Cabernet.
This age-old classic begins with sawdust aromas and hints of mint and green bean. Broad plum, berry and vanilla flavors spread across the wide-open palate, followed by a finish of mocha and coffee... on the sweet side, with fairly aggressive oak, yet it manages to shine and strut its stuff. Still, more definition and delicacy would elevate it further.
BV's flagship offering, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve reveals a saturated ruby/purple color along with an intriguing perfume of black currants, lead pencil shavings, loamy soil, and wood. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and elegant, this Bordeaux-styled Cabernet finishes a bit short. The aromatics suggest a 90-point wine, and the flavors and finish something in the upper eighties. While it will not rank alongside any of the great BV Private Reserves from the fifties, sixties, seventies, or early eighties, it is a positive development for this historic estate. Anticipated maturity: now-2015.
(Barrel tasting) Firm structure and plenty of stuffing here, with cedary currant, wild berry, currant and spice, and firm tannins.
It's young, dry, tight and tannic, although there's obviously a core of ripe black currant and cherry fruit. To evaluate this wine properly, you have to know its history as one of Napa's most agreeable Cabernets. Still, it's not a great Georges. Hold until 2008 through 2010, but it could surprise.
A strong effort from Beaulieu, the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a beautifully sweet nose of spicy oak intermixed with black cherries and currants. Full-bodied, rich, pure, and concentrated, it combines restraint and elegance with power and muscle. It will age well for two decades.
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