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Beaulieu Vineyards "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Winemaker's Notes:

Blended of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3 % Merlot, all coming mainly from the Rutherford AVA, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of baked black berries, dried mulberries and preserved plums with hints of allspice, cardamom, lavender and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and expressive even today, it has a firm, chewy backbone and bags of freshness, promising a long life and much more to come with careful cellaring. 6,600 cases were made.-Wine Advocate *(97 Points)*

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

Editorial Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyards "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 1995 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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 1975 02/11/2009

A pristine bottle. Popped and poured with an immediate nose of earth, leather, rich tea and gentle oak joined by a flourish of green herbs and creeping smoky chipotle. In the mouth there is lovely bottle sweetness though the wine starts out a touch austere leading the acidity to poke through the sweet red berry fruit that is framed with subtle tones of tobacco and dried funghi. The finish is extremely long driven by the bright acidity and the wine gains a touch of flesh on the mid-palate while remaining zingy. Just showing a touch of incipient decay on the feathery edges, i could have asked for a better showing. Drink up sooner rather than later but from this staff as good as it could get.


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Snooth User: Fred Swan
152223185
0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 09/11/2014

Upon first opening, ripe blackberry, spice, toasted cedar and vanilla rise from the glass. With extended air, aromas of forest spice and game meat emerge and gain prominence. The body is medium-plus with light-grained and chalky tannins nearly balanced by acidity. The blackberry tastes more piquant than it smelled and dark chocolate adds a counterpoint. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot

 90pts


Snooth User: kellirivers
12914974
5.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/30/2013

Delicious!!!


Snooth User: jaxagent29
7367254
5.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/19/2011

Very smooth and injoyable wine. Get 2 bottles, the first one goes fast.


Snooth User: snglmltrblnd84
1016506396
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 10/27/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: JonDerry
6804463,111
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/02/2011

Pretty good blackberry flavors and some rutherford soil comes through, but unfortunately the oak is way over-done.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/29/2012

Really wonderful! - WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/18/2010

Nose of plum skins and some herbal spice. Good structure and flavors of spice, dried currant, blackberry and graphite-tinged tannins. Sweeter fruit tones than expected based on the nose. Nice, bright, pretty fruit. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 10/16/10


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External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyards "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Delightfully pure and flavorful, with generous plum, blueberry and blackberry notes, framed by solid yet friendly tannins. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors sail on. Best from 2014 through 2025. 7,400 cases made. JL - Wine Spectator Magazine 93 PointsThe strongest vintage since the 2007 is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour. This beautifully ripe wine boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with abundant notes of cassis, kirsch, cedarwood, foresty and background vanilla notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and moderately high tannins. Given the richer fruit concentration, the tannins are easily balanced and do not interfere with currant drinkability or the potential for the wine to be cellared for two decades or more. - Robert Parker 93 PointsIts young, dry, tight and tannic, although theres obviously a core of ripe black currant and cherry fruit. To evaluate this wine properly, you have to know its history as one of Napas most ageable Cabernets. Still, its not a great Georges. Hold until 2008 through 2010, but it could surprise. - S.H. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 Points


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Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Delightfully pure and flavorful with generous plum blueberry and blackberry notes framed by solid yet friendly tannins. Most impressive on the finish where the flavors sail on. Best from 2014 through 2025.


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Vintage: 2010 03/14/2014

Delightfully pure and flavorful, with generous plum, blueberry and blackberry notes, framed by solid yet friendly tannins. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors sail on. Best from 2014 through 2025. 7,400 cases made. -JL The strongest vintage since the 2007 is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour. This beautifully ripe wine boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with abundant notes of cassis, kirsch, cedarwood, foresty and background vanilla notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and moderately high tannins. Given the richer fruit concentration, the tannins are easily balanced and do not interfere with currant drinkability or the potential for the wine to be cellared for two decades or more. It's young, dry, tight and tannic, although there's obviously a core of ripe black currant and cherry fruit. To evaluate this wine properly, you have to know its history as one of Napa's most ageable Cabernets. Still, it's not a gr...


External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/11/2014

Delightfully pure and flavorful, with generous plum, blueberry and blackberry notes, framed by solid yet friendly tannins. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors sail on. Best from 2014 through 2025. 7,400 cases made. –JL - Wine Spectator Magazine 93 Points The strongest vintage since the 2007 is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour. This beautifully ripe wine boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with abundant notes of cassis, kirsch, cedarwood, foresty and background vanilla notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and moderately high tannins. Given the richer fruit concentration, the tannins are easily balanced and do not interfere with currant drinkability or the potential for the wine to be cellared for two decades or more. - Robert Parker 93 Points It’s young, dry, tight and tannic, although there’s obviously a core of ripe black currant and cherry fruit. To evaluate this wine properly, you have to know its history as one of Napa’s most ageable Cabernets. Still, it’s not a great Georges. Hold until 2008 through 2010, but it could surprise. - S.H. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/04/2014

The strongest vintage since the 2007 is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour. This beautifully ripe wine boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with abundant notes of cassis kirsch cedarwood foresty and background vanilla notes a full-bodied mouthfeel and moderately high tannins. Given the richer fruit concentration the tannins are easily balanced and do not interfere with currant drinkability or the potential for the wine to be cellared for two decades or more. - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/04/2014

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Freshly cut flowers mint spices licorice and graphite all burst from the glass as the 2010 shows off its personality. While some of Beaulieu s 2010s are ripe and flashy the Georges de Latour is wonderfully fresh and alive in the glass not to mention absolutely classic in feel. Graphite violets and pencil shavings linger on the close. The 2010 has captured every bit of the potential I sensed last year. Antonio Galloni.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Freshly cut flowers mint spices licorice and graphite all burst from the glass as the 2010 shows off its personality. While some of Beaulieu s 2010s are ripe and flashy the Georges de Latour is wonderfully fresh and alive in the glass not to mention absolutely classic in feel. Graphite violets and pencil shavings linger on the close. The 2010 has captured every bit of the potential I sensed last y


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Blended of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3 % Merlot, all coming mainly from the Rutherford AVA, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of baked black berries, dried mulberries and preserved plums with hints of allspice, cardamom, lavender and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and expressive even today, it has a firm, chewy backbone and bags of freshness, promising a long life and much more to come with careful cellaring. 6,600 cases were made.-Wine Advocate *(97 Points)*

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