(2012 Vintage) with deep, ripe aromas of crushed blackberries, dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate and violets. The highly saturated black-fruit flavors echo the aromas as they expand across the palate and persiston the finish. Nuances of toffee and toasted oak spices, from aging in 100 percent new French oak barrels, add even more complexity.
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Classic structured, firm and soft at the same time, with a lyrical, creamy mouthfeel. The tannins are evident now, but that is characteristic of a young Georges, wand the reason it ages so well. The depth of blackberries, cherries and currants is unreal and persistent. This is one for the cellar and will age for at least a decade and propbably far longer. Try to keep you hands off it until after 2011." (12/08) 92 points and two stars Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "7% Merlot. Once the proudest name in the Napa Valley, Beaulieu's flagship wine has reclaimed its place atop the Cabernet rankings over the past decade or so. And while it now has plenty of company at those august levels, there is still some-thing very comforting to see an old favorite emerge when we pull the covers off the top wines in our tastings. This year's version is full of black cherry and curranty fruit, adds in touches of roasted vanilla bean and milk chocolate and is suitably ripe without any turn to excess. Supple in feel yet sufficiently tannic for aging, this vintage is a Napa Valley classic." (08/08) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "A vineyard selection from blocks in Rutherford, St. Helena and Oakville, this classic cabernet from Beaulieu contrasts dark tannins and brighter fruit flavors. The finish lasts with warm scents of baking spices and earth. Firm and supple, this will age well, or decant it long before dinner with roast beef."
very smooth smell of blackberries gradual development of taste plum, soft tannins, bathes the palate. long aftertaste. stimulates the sides of the tongue. fresh blackberries, blueberries 6/11/10
Franca and jan brought to my Bday party (auto-tasting motes were not same as label= blackberry, cherry, vanilla)
Gil's private stock
Wine & SpiritsRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 12/08
Wine SpectatorRating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/06