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Beaulieu Vineyards George de Latour Private Reserve United States California Napa County Napa Valley Red 1995

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

My 5th place wine/Groups 1st place wine This smelled of American oak with lovely spice notes, black olive, tea, and dill notes accentuating the black plummy fruit. In the mouth this was neither terribly deep nor complex yet offered a bright fresh mouthful of sweet, uncomplicated fruit in a well-balanced package. A very solid wine. 90pts

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyards George de Latour Private Reserve United States California Napa County Napa Valley Red

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,712
4.00 5
03/04/2009

My 5th place wine/Groups 1st place wine This smelled of American oak with lovely spice notes, black olive, tea, and dill notes accentuating the black plummy fruit. In the mouth this was neither terribly deep nor complex yet offered a bright fresh mouthful of sweet, uncomplicated fruit in a well-balanced package. A very solid wine. 90pts


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Snooth User: wine o new york
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4.00 5
04/04/2010

I shared a wonderful bottle of this with a friend the other evening in CT on 3-28-2010. It was a an excellent wine and an excellent vintage. It is completely ready now, a smooth sustaining flavor that paired well with an assortment of cheeses and a light pasta. It was amazing against a red beet salad with goat cheese!! Highly recomended, it is sure to impress and leave a well placed memory on your palet. If you can find it.....drink it now!!!


Snooth User: wwalker1013
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5.00 5
02/08/2012

After 17 years, this baby shows no signs of slowing down. What an absolutely beautiful Cab. So smooth and silky, without a hint of imbalance. The fruit is definitely present - lots of plum, fig, and black cherry. The taste lingers long after you've put you glass down. I didn't time it, but I'd conservatively estimate 30-45 seconds. It's all there, everything you want in a Cab is there.


Snooth User: oceank8
557082,029
3.00 5
10/09/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyards George de Latour Private Reserve United States California Napa County Napa Valley Red

External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Deep black cherry, black olive and complex, mineral-licorice aromas reflect classic Rutherford. One of the most powerful Georges de Latour Cabernets in recent years, the dark berry flavors are framed by powerful, rich tannins. Well balanced and


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Really fruity, with an abundance of raspberry, violet and berry character. Full-bodied, with a velvety tannin structure and a long berry and toasted oak aftertaste. The oak is a bit dominant, so give it time to mellow.


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Source: WineGlobe.com
04/27/2009

The individual lots were hand-picked. Each lot underwent malolactic fermentation and aging in a mixture of French and American oak. Opaque black-ruby color. Deep black cherry, black olive and complex, mineral-licorice aromas of Clone 6. One of the


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05/22/2011

...Aromas of raw currant, coffee and smoked meat. Lush yet somewhat stunted flavors of black cherry and cassis. A substantial wine with plenty of fat and structure, but seems a bit pinched, even short today. The tannins build with aeration... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1995 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour 750ml



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