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Beaulieu Vineyard Bv Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley 2013

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Tasting Notes: The superb 2013 vintage gave the 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its unctuous fruit character and dense structure. Hugely complex, the wine reveals a broad spectrum of briary blackberry, black cherry and currant notes, with nuances of violet and bittersweet chocolate. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy. Integrated caramel and toasted oak spices, from aging in new French oak barrels, heighten the aromas and linger on the finish. To enjoy this wine at its full potential, we recommend at least five years of bottle aging; however if you can’t wait, decant before serving. Vintage: The 2013 vintage even surpassed the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest—fostering intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines—crowned the vintage. Vineyard: We hand selected grapes from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in our BV Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, originally planted by Georges de Latour in the early 1900s. We focused on clones that yield small berries with the high skin-to-juice ratio needed to make intense, long-lived wines. These chosen vines are deeply rooted in the well-draining alluvial fan soils of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area, considered one of the finest regions of Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking: At our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated exclusively to Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, we hand sorted the destemmed berries to retain only the highest quality fruit. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor then fermented 45 percent of the grapes in new French oak barrels for early integration of fruit and oak character and to enhance the dense, rich texture. The balance of the must was fermented in stainless steel and wood tanks. Following judicious extended skin contact and in-barrel malolactic fermentation, the wine was pressed and returned to barrels for aging. A small amount of Petit Verdot was blended the Cabernet Sauvignon to further enhance the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum. Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Petit Verdot Vinification: Aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months Alc: 15.2% TA: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.68

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"Beau lieu" - A Beautiful Story about a Beautiful Place In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vi... Read more
"Beau lieu" - A Beautiful Story about a Beautiful Place In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France. De Latour quickly made a name for himself by importing Phylloxera-resistant rootstock from Europe to the recently-ravaged fledgling California wine industry. He also began selling wine to the Catholic Church, establishing a strong relationship that would allow Beaulieu Vineyard to become the only Napa Valley winery to remain in business during Prohibition. In fact, during Prohibition the winery increased its business. After the repeal in 1933, de Latour began searching for someone who could contribute European winemaking expertise. In 1938, he traveled to France and returned with André Tchelistcheff, famed viticulturist and enologist who instituted the philosophy of continuous innovation in vineyard and winery to which we remain dedicated today. Tchelistcheff introduced cold fermentation for white wines, malolactic fermentation for reds and aging red wines in small, French oak barrels. He also tasted the de Latour family's private wine-what they called "Private Reserve"-from the 1936 vintage. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine was so distinctive that Tchelistcheff insisted it be bottled and sold as the winery's flagship offering. The result was the inaugural release of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley's first "cult" Cabernet. Today we continue to turn to innovative practices to craft wines in our bold, classic style. We have become a leader in clonal research, and our BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. Most recently we completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of our original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional, wine-the longtime benchmark of Rutherford Cabernet. Read less

External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Bv Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/27/2017

Tasting Notes: The superb 2013 vintage gave the 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its unctuous fruit character and dense structure. Hugely complex, the wine reveals a broad spectrum of briary blackberry, black cherry and currant notes, with nuances of violet and bittersweet chocolate. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy. Integrated caramel and toasted oak spices, from aging in new French oak barrels, heighten the aromas and linger on the finish. To enjoy this wine at its full potential, we recommend at least five years of bottle aging; however if you can’t wait, decant before serving. Vintage: The 2013 vintage even surpassed the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest—fostering intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines—crowned the vintage. Vineyard: We hand selected grapes from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in our BV Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, originally planted by Georges de Latour in the early 1900s. We focused on clones that yield small berries with the high skin-to-juice ratio needed to make intense, long-lived wines. These chosen vines are deeply rooted in the well-draining alluvial fan soils of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area, considered one of the finest regions of Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking: At our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated exclusively to Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, we hand sorted the destemmed berries to retain only the highest quality fruit. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor then fermented 45 percent of the grapes in new French oak barrels for early integration of fruit and oak character and to enhance the dense, rich texture. The balance of the must was fermented in stainless steel and wood tanks. Following judicious extended skin contact and in-barrel malolactic fermentation, the wine was pressed and returned to barrels for aging. A small amount of Petit Verdot was blended the Cabernet Sauvignon to further enhance the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum. Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Petit Verdot Vinification: Aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months Alc: 15.2% TA: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.68


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/10/2018

Tasting Notes: The superb 2013 vintage gave the 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its unctuous fruit character and dense structure. Hugely complex, the wine reveals a broad spectrum of briary blackberry, black cherry and currant notes, with nuances of violet and bittersweet chocolate. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy. Integrated caramel and toasted oak spices, from aging in new French oak barrels, heighten the aromas and linger on the finish. To enjoy this wine at its full potential, we recommend at least five years of bottle aging; however if you can’t wait, decant before serving. Vintage: The 2013 vintage even surpassed the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest—fostering intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines—crowned the vintage. Vineyard: We hand selected grapes from the finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in our BV Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, originally planted by Georges de Latour in the early 1900s. We focused on clones that yield small berries with the high skin-to-juice ratio needed to make intense, long-lived wines. These chosen vines are deeply rooted in the well-draining alluvial fan soils of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area, considered one of the finest regions of Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking: At our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated exclusively to Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, we hand sorted the destemmed berries to retain only the highest quality fruit. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor then fermented 45 percent of the grapes in new French oak barrels for early integration of fruit and oak character and to enhance the dense, rich texture. The balance of the must was fermented in stainless steel and wood tanks. Following judicious extended skin contact and in-barrel malolactic fermentation, the wine was pressed and returned to barrels for aging. A small amount of Petit Verdot was blended the Cabernet Sauvignon to further enhance the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum. Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Petit Verdot Vinification: Aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months Alc: 15.2% TA: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.68 ** Only 4 in Stock **



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