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Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2000

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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. Food Ideas: Grilled and marinated lamb chops; stews and rich pasta dishes. Delicious with fettuccine in rabbit and mushroom sauce, veal with green peppercorn sauce, and dry Jack cheese. Winemaking Fruit came from our Rutherford holdings and selected growers within the appellation. Grapes were gently de-stemmed, then crushed into stainless steel fermenters; fermentation lasted 7-10 days with peak juice temperatures of 80º F. Juice was pumped over the skins 2-3 times a day. After pressing, a small percent of wine underwent malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels to integrate oak phenolics and contribute to a rich mouthfeel. The wine was aged in small oak barrels (66% American oak, 34% French oak, 36% new) for 18 months. This wine was blended and gently fined before bottling for a smooth finish. Varietal: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot and Petit Verdot The Place: Rutherford, Napa Valley

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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

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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. Food Ideas: Grilled and marinated lamb chops; stews and rich pasta dishes. Delicious with fettuccine in rabbit and mushroom sauce, veal with green peppercorn sauce, and dry Jack cheese. Winemaking Fruit came from our Rutherford holdings and selected growers within the appellation. Grapes were gently de-stemmed, then crushed into stainless steel fermenters; fermentation lasted 7-10 days with peak juice temperatures of 80º F. Juice was pumped over the skins 2-3 times a day. After pressing, a small percent of wine underwent malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels to integrate oak phenolics and contribute to a rich mouthfeel. The wine was aged in small oak barrels (66% American oak, 34% French oak, 36% new) for 18 months. This wine was blended and gently fined before bottling for a smooth finish. Varietal: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot and Petit Verdot The Place: Rutherford, Napa Valley

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