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Beaulieu Vineyard Red Sky Ranch Meritage 2010

Member Review by cltmike:

Great value easy to drink with food(stands up to fairly hearty meals/grilled meats/pizza) or alone.

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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 Red Sky Ranch Meritage

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Snooth User: cltmike
1839753
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/21/2009

Great value easy to drink with food(stands up to fairly hearty meals/grilled meats/pizza) or alone.


Snooth User: Ibn Shisha
245545243
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/30/2010

Cherry, spice and oak. Bold yet balanced. Great with meat, or a good sharp cheddar.


Snooth User: MatthewPhilips
383974129
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/03/2010

2005 13.5% ABV 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 19% Merlot 9% Malbec 4% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Franc 750mL $9.98 Rich, deep purple and blood red in color. A little hot, notes of spice and fruit. Berries, oak, spice and leather with a nice tannic finish.


Snooth User: SDWineLover13
32231316
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 09/14/2007

It takes a couple sips to figure this wine out, but then you end up with rich flavors of crushed blackberries, hint of mocha, and a touch of spice. Very good wine. Wasn't expecting this from BV since we are not fans of their wines. CP.


Snooth User: SanSan
28213145
3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 11/25/2010

Three and a half glasses




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