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Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Maestro Collection Bv N 2002

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Taste Profile Deep ruby-purple color. Strong black pepper and currant aromas with hints of violets, and sweet vanilla-spice oak scents accented by mint. The Syrah provides distinctive blackberry, licorice and dark cocoa flavors, complementing the currant and tobacco character of the Cabernet. Medium full-bodied, full ripe tannins and moderate acidity. Pairings: The 2002 Dulcet will complement grilled meats, roast duck and cheeses such as Dry Jack, Manchego or aged Gouda. orange dotted line Winemaking The grapes were handpicked at optimal maturity and crushed into stainless steel fermenting tanks. Fermentation lasted 7-10 days, with peak juice temperatures reaching 85°F. The must was gently pumped over/punched down 2-3 times per day to carefully extract aroma and flavor components. Pressed at dryness, the individual vineyard lots were transferred to a variety of barrels for malolactic fermentation and extended aging. The final blend was determined just weeks before bottling. Vintage Notes In 2002, moderate to cool summer conditions gave way to a heat spell in mid-September that accelerated ripening. Fortunately, the first two weeks of October saw a return to lovely fall days, and the grapes achieved near perfect maturity, with excellent balance and bright, ripe fruit flavors. Varietal: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah Appellation: 100% Napa Valley Alcohol: 13.6% Aging Potential: 4-6 Years

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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: ehguy11
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4.00 5
08/31/2009

This wine packs a velvety punch with lots of ripe fruit, smoothed-out tannins (just drank--7 years after vintage), and a long finish. The syrah came through nicely to tone down the cabernet a bit. A rich delicious glass. I'd suggest decanting as there was quite a bit of sediment.


Snooth User: Salmanazar147
7665021
3.00 5
06/23/2008

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Taste Profile Deep ruby-purple color. Strong black pepper and currant aromas with hints of violets, and sweet vanilla-spice oak scents accented by mint. The Syrah provides distinctive blackberry, licorice and dark cocoa flavors, complementing the currant and tobacco character of the Cabernet. Medium full-bodied, full ripe tannins and moderate acidity. Pairings: The 2002 Dulcet will complement grilled meats, roast duck and cheeses such as Dry Jack, Manchego or aged Gouda. orange dotted line Winemaking The grapes were handpicked at optimal maturity and crushed into stainless steel fermenting tanks. Fermentation lasted 7-10 days, with peak juice temperatures reaching 85°F. The must was gently pumped over/punched down 2-3 times per day to carefully extract aroma and flavor components. Pressed at dryness, the individual vineyard lots were transferred to a variety of barrels for malolactic fermentation and extended aging. The final blend was determined just weeks before bottling. Vintage Notes In 2002, moderate to cool summer conditions gave way to a heat spell in mid-September that accelerated ripening. Fortunately, the first two weeks of October saw a return to lovely fall days, and the grapes achieved near perfect maturity, with excellent balance and bright, ripe fruit flavors. Varietal: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah Appellation: 100% Napa Valley Alcohol: 13.6% Aging Potential: 4-6 Years

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