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Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford represents a beautiful value with notes of dusty, loamy soil, dark black cherries, black cassis, cedarwood and Christmas fruitcake. Fleshy, round and sexy, it should drink well for 8-10 years." *-Wine Advocate*

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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

Member Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage: 2009 07/06/2012

this is our house cab!


Snooth User: danceforme
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/18/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: drsint
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 03/04/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: drj102
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 03/03/2009

Very good... not too much body, but very drinkable with a nice fruit forward taste, but a short finish...


Snooth User: DCO
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/27/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage: 2009 03/26/2013

Lush and ripe in fruit, this Cab is a real bargain. It’s rich in black cherry jam, plum, dark chocolate, sweet dried herb and sandalwood flavors, wrapped into firm tannins. This is one of the best Rutherford Cabernets at this price range currently available.


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Vintage: 2009 03/26/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is a mouthful. This big, brawny Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with dark red fruit, smoke, tar and licorice. It shows gorgeous balance and fabulous length in an up-front style that is sure to find many admirers for many reasons, not the least of which is its soothing price tag. Despite its overt fruit, the 2009 seems to have more than enough structure to drink well for another 5–7 years, maybe more. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2017.


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Vintage: 1986 11/04/2011

Richer and more generous than this wine usually tastes. Soft and supple, but there is enough of a backbone of velvety tannin to support the generous flavors of cherry, plum, nutmeg and vanilla. Drinkable now. Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1986 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750ml



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"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford represents a beautiful value with notes of dusty, loamy soil, dark black cherries, black cassis, cedarwood and Christmas fruitcake. Fleshy, round and sexy, it should drink well for 8-10 years." *-Wine Advocate*

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