Beaulieu Vineyard Merlot Coastal California 2005

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Wine Tasting Notes Harvest season manifests itself clearly in this wine, revealing black cherry and the distinctive cocoa-mineral aromas typical of Merlot. Fruit from southern Napa and cool Carneros was judiciously blended with Merlot from our warmer Rutherford and St. Helena vineyards, giving strong dark berry flavor and soft tannins; a subtle truffle-mineral flavor adds to its allure. This wine has lovely dark ruby color.

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Beaulieu Vineyard:
"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

Member Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Merlot Coastal California

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.00 5
11/14/2009

fair. A bit tannic. Very oakey for a merlot. BV tasting 11/14/09 Lee's Discount Liquor


Snooth User: cnberry
9105434
0.00 5
10/05/2008

Bought this at Costco for 6.99


Snooth User: cnberry
9105434
0.00 5
10/29/2008

Not too bad. We've had better Merlots, though. This one is a little too sharp for my taste. I wish it was a little sweeter and didn't leave that bitter aftertaste in my mouth. It will make you feel good and relaxed after one glass so you won't need to drink half the bottle to feel at ease. Good at dinner but too heavy to drink for fun.


Snooth User: powergator
1993063
0.00 5
06/15/2009

Sharp is a good description. I had a fudge bar after a steak and the chocolate melted it for me. Nice comb ination, otherwise a 7.49 bottle from Publix was worth...well...7.49.


Snooth User: MDE
3846625
3.00 5
01/05/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Merlot Coastal California

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/17/2010

Juicy and easygoing, with plum and sassafras aromas and tart cherry and spicy herb flavors. Drink now through 2012. 34,000 cases made. -TF


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis inviting Merlot opens with bright raspberry and cherry aromas, complemented by a touch of vanilla and spice. It is a pretty wine, with a smooth palate and a nice balance between red cherry acidity, tannins and subtle mocha flavors. Enjoy it on its own or paired with roast chicken, grilled hamburgers or sausage pizza.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/14/2010

WS: 84 Points



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Wine Tasting Notes Harvest season manifests itself clearly in this wine, revealing black cherry and the distinctive cocoa-mineral aromas typical of Merlot. Fruit from southern Napa and cool Carneros was judiciously blended with Merlot from our warmer Rutherford and St. Helena vineyards, giving strong dark berry flavor and soft tannins; a subtle truffle-mineral flavor adds to its allure. This wine has lovely dark ruby color.

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