The 2010 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.
Grapes from sites throughout Napa Valley were harvested at optimal maturity, then de-stemmed and gently crushed into open-top stainless steel fermenters. Fermentation lasted 7-10 days, reaching a peak juice temperature of 80º F, before pressi_level2ng off at dryness. Fifteen percent of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel, contributing to a richer mid-palate texture and well-integrated new oak component. The wine was further aged in a variety of oak barrels prior to blending and bottling for 18 months in American and European oak barrels.