Beaulieu Vineyard Merlot Napa 2009

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2009 Beaulieu Vineyard Merlot Napa Valley 750ml

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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 Merlot Napa

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/31/2013

We selected vineyards from the 26-mile length of Napa Valley to layer our 2009 Merlot with aromas and flavors reminiscent of sun-ripened cherries, blackberries and juicy plums. Rose, cocoa, truffle and cigar-box terroir notes mingle with the vibrant fruit expression, along with toffee, vanilla and warm spice nuances from barrel aging. Bright acidity lifts the flavors, while supple tannins add structure and plush mouthfeel through the lingering finish. Perfect with roasted pork, duck, lamb and beef, especially if they are rubbed with sweet spices or juniper berries. - WineryVarietal Composition:85% Merlot15% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Aging:100% barrel aged 12 months50% American oal35% French oak15% Hungarian oak15% new barrels Alcohol: 14.5%Acidity: 5.7 g/LpH: 3.66


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/28/2013

We selected vineyards from the 26-mile length of Napa Valley to layer our 2009 Merlot with aromas and flavors reminiscent of sun-ripened cherries, blackberries and juicy plums. Rose, cocoa, truffle and cigar-box terroir notes mingle with the vibrant fruit expression, along with toffee, vanilla and warm spice nuances from barrel aging. Bright acidity lifts the flavors, while supple tannins add structure and plush mouthfeel through the lingering finish. Perfect with roasted pork, duck, lamb and beef, especially if they are rubbed with sweet spices or juniper berries. - WineryVarietal Composition:85% Merlot15% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Aging:100% barrel aged 12 months50% American oal35% French oak15% Hungarian oak15% new barrels Alcohol: 14.5%Acidity: 5.7 g/LpH: 3.66 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Beaulieu’s 2009 Red Blend Beaurouge is an attractive wine laced with expressive dark red fruit. Fleshy, juicy and radiant, this supple red will drink well for another few years. It is a nice introduction to the wines of the estate. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2017.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon form the core, with opulent blackberry and chocolate-cherry truffle expression. Merlot adds plush mid-palate texture. Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure. Zinfandel and Syrah contribute deep red-fruit notes and spice. Petite Sirah, Touriga and Mourvedre deepen the wine's inky color, while Carignan gives hints of strawberry. Grenache adds dark raspberry and bay leaf, and Sangiovese enlivens the wine with vibrant wild cherry notes. A splash of Petit Verdot adds a hint of violet.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

A zesty red blend with an appealing personality, offering aromas of smoky raspberry and licorice and lively, crisp flavors. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Carignane and Touriga. Drink now through 2017.



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