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Beaulieu Vineyards Napa Cabernet 2008

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Our Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with lush blackberry and black-currant character, with nuances of red plum and cedar box. Hints of vanilla and smoky oak spice elevate the rich aromas and add complexity to the bright, beautifully balanced flavors. Vineyards with distinctly different terroirs create the wine's symphony of flavors and velvety texture. With its firm structure, this Cabernet Sauvignon complements full-flavored cuisine, such as garlic and rosemary grilled lamb chops, medallions of beef tenderloin, portabella mushrooms with polenta, or aged Gouda with walnut toasts. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah and 4% other Bordeaux-style varietals

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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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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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10/10/2012

Peppery nose of cassis and black fruits along with hints of licorice. Notes of turned soil over aromas of vanilla and toasted coconut. On the palate, it's got big flavor of peppery berry fruit, black plum, cassis, licorice and roasted herbs. Has a rustic feel and isn't as polished as Napa usually is for BV. Not a bad thing here though. Good acid, a nice minerality and hints of lavender add complexity to the fruit, earth and spice. Drink with food. 88 pts.


External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyards Napa Cabernet

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
04/06/2012

Beaulieu Vineyards have been in production for over 100 years in the Napa Valley. BV wines are consistently a best seller, the result of high quality wines.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

Winemaker's Notes - With each swirl and sip, velvety layers of blackberry, ripe Santa Rosa plum, chocolate, violet and mineral are revealed. Each vineyard's clone, soil mesoclimate, exposure and cultivation techniques contributed to the wine's complex fruit expression, while barrel aging added soft oak nuances.



Our Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with lush blackberry and black-currant character, with nuances of red plum and cedar box. Hints of vanilla and smoky oak spice elevate the rich aromas and add complexity to the bright, beautifully balanced flavors. Vineyards with distinctly different terroirs create the wine's symphony of flavors and velvety texture. With its firm structure, this Cabernet Sauvignon complements full-flavored cuisine, such as garlic and rosemary grilled lamb chops, medallions of beef tenderloin, portabella mushrooms with polenta, or aged Gouda with walnut toasts. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah and 4% other Bordeaux-style varietals

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