(From 2009 Vintage) Handcrafted with cutting-edge winemaking worthy of our highest quality grapes, the 2009 vintage boasts exceptionally powerful yet elegant flavors. The highly saturated aromas and expansive, richly textured flavors brim with deep blackberry and cassis expression.
(From 2009 Vintage) At our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated exclusively to Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, we hand sorted the grapes first as clusters and then as destemmed berries to retain only the highest quality fruit. We then fermented 30 percent of the must in new French oak barrels for early and seamless integration of oak aromas and flavors. This technique also enhanced the dense, rich texture and gave suppleness to the muscular tannins, while retaining long aging potential. Following extended skin contact, in-barrel malolactic fermentation and aging, the final blend of individual Cabernet Sauvignon wine lots and a small amount of Petit Verdot was artistically composed by winemaker Jeffrey Stambor and renowned consultant Michel Rolland.
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
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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