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Beaulieu Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros 2014

Member Review by tabednar:

Full bodied and very smooth. Rich aroma and a taste that is full of fruits. Nicely layered with even tannins that balance the palate well. Great, long finish. Great deal for the price.

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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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Snooth User: tabednar
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/12/2011

Full bodied and very smooth. Rich aroma and a taste that is full of fruits. Nicely layered with even tannins that balance the palate well. Great, long finish. Great deal for the price.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,399
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/30/2011

Darker yellow (ochre like) color. Nice fresh bouquet. On the palate: heavy oaky, buttery, vanilla flavors fade mid-palate but, especially vanilla come back in what is really a nice finish. A very confusing wine. We're going to have it, tonight, with grilled chicken. That may work. A lighter fish would definitely not work.


Snooth User: Mazzeo
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/19/2011

Vibrant fruit taste - peach ripe and rich with long finish buttery and oaky. A great wine


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,399
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 03/18/2013

Black Plum color. Lots of black currant scents. Also, scent of oak. Yup, lots of blackberry, black currant on the palate. Nice acid balance. Very little drying tannin effect. Pretty smooth finish. US$26.99 at the Wine Club in Santa Ana in 2009.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
2.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/09/2010

Was tainted, brown and smelled of eggs. Not sure if it was corked or cooked or what. France vs. US Tasting- Schreiner's Winers 1/8/10


Snooth User: elle13579
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/28/2007

Five glasses


External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros

External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/26/2016

Our Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay displays vibrant stone fruit - peach, nectarine and apricot - character from our vineyards in the southern, coolest region of Napa Valley. Soft vanilla oak tones add complexity to the fruity aromas, silky flavors and lingering finish. This dry, crisply balanced wine makes the perfect prelude to a meal, especially with seafood appetizers or fruit and creamy cheeses. It's an elegant complement to entrees, especially tarragon-crusted halibut, roast chicken or pork, and creamy pasta dishes. - Winery


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Vintage: 2011 04/02/2015

Wine: Delicate nuances of peach, pear, apple, honeycomb and white flowers fill the elegant aromas and flavors of our 2011 Carneros Chardonnay. Hints of vanilla and sweet smoky oak from fermentation and aging in small oak barrels add enticing complexity. Aging on the yeast enhanced the creamy texture that carries the lingering crème brûlée finish. Pair this wine with appetizers and lighter entrées, such as filet of sole, papaya and crab salad, asparagus quiche, chicken breasts with julienne of vegetables and creamy celery root soup with truffle oil. Vineyard: We selected all of the grapes from our Beaulieu Vineyard Ranches No. 9 and No. 8, where the vines, grafted to Dijon clones 95 and 76, yield small, intensely flavored berries. These Chardonnay vineyards are located in the cool, windy Los Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) at the southernmost tip of Napa Valley. The region’s shallow clay-loam soils and marine-influenced climate foster ripe, beautifully balanced Chardonnay expression. Winemaking: We hand harvested the Chardonnay into small bins at night and rushed them to our winery. After gently pressing the whole clusters, we barrel fermented 90 percent of the wine in small oak barrels for complexity, with the balance in stainless steel tanks for pure fruit expression. “I used cool fermentation temperatures to capture this vintage’s delicate fruit and floral nuances,” said Winemaker Domenica Totty. Ten months of sur lie (on the yeast) aging enhanced the rich, silky texture and integrated the creamy notes from partial (50 percent) malolactic fermentation. Vintage: The 2011 vintage was full of cool-weather challenges, yet with meticulous care to the vines and maintaining nerves of steel, we were rewarded with bright, elegant Chardonnay. After winter dormancy, the growing season got off to a late start due to an unusually wet winter and spring. A final spring storm caused shatter during bloom, shrinking the size of the crop. For the second year in a row, cool temperatures continued through summer to make the harvest one of the latest on record. While our Chardonnay yields were small in 2011, we are very pleased with the wine’s layers of nuanced flavors and beautifully balanced acidity. Varietal Composition: 98% Chardonnay 2% Viognier Barrel Aging: 90% barrel fermented, 100% barrel aged for 10 months 85% French oak 10% Hungarian oak 5% American oak (20% new barrels) Alcohol: 14.3% Acidity: 5.0 g/L pH: 3.78


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Vintage: 2010 09/15/2009

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External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

Elegant and creamy, our 2009 Carneros Chardonnay unfolds in layers of peach and ripe pear, with delicate floral notes. Hints of vanilla from fermentation and aging in small oak barrels add enticing complexity. The honey-fruit flavors expand across the palate and culminate in a lasting crème brûlée finish. Napa Valley's excellent 2009 growing season retained ideal acidity in the grapes, which beautifully balanced the wine's creamy flavors and silky texture. - WineryVarietal Composition: 98% Chardonnay 2% ViognierHarvest Dates: Early to mid-SeptemberBarrel Aging: 88% barrel fermented and aged for 10 months68% French oak21% Hungarian oak11% American oak(18% new barrels)Appellation: 100% Los Carneros AVA, Napa ValleyAlcohol: 14.5%Acidity: 6.0 g/LpH: 3.49Ageablity: 2010 to 2015 or longer, if properly stored


External Review
Vintage: 2009 06/28/2013

Elegant and creamy, our 2009 Carneros Chardonnay unfolds in layers of peach and ripe pear, with delicate floral notes. Hints of vanilla from fermentation and aging in small oak barrels add enticing complexity. The honey-fruit flavors expand across the palate and culminate in a lasting crème brûlée finish. Napa Valley's excellent 2009 growing season retained ideal acidity in the grapes, which beautifully balanced the wine's creamy flavors and silky texture. - WineryVarietal Composition: 98% Chardonnay 2% ViognierHarvest Dates: Early to mid-SeptemberBarrel Aging: 88% barrel fermented and aged for 10 months68% French oak21% Hungarian oak11% American oak(18% new barrels)Appellation: 100% Los Carneros AVA, Napa ValleyAlcohol: 14.5%Acidity: 6.0 g/LpH: 3.49Ageablity: 2010 to 2015 or longer, if properly stored ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/13/2011

Winemaker Notes - This barrel-fermented Chardonnay has lovely floral and peach aromas with a touch of minerality indicative of Carneros all balanced by bright acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/05/2009

If you're looking for fruit, this is the wine for you. Loads of blackberries and black cherries, with notes of cinnamon and incredible overall ripeness to keep you coming back for more.


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