Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Beaulieu Vineyards

Beaulieu Vineyards

In the early 1900s Frenchmen Georges de Latour bought the beautiful estate land of Beaulieu as a gift for his wife. When she first saw the land she exclaimed "Quel Beaulieu" which is French for beautiful place and thus the name and the vineyard was born. Georges brought with him extensive grape growing experience and knowledge that helped to shape the future of the Napa Valley winemaking industry.

During the prohibition years most Napa vineyards were shut down. Beaulieu was one of a handful that was allowed to remain operation due to its contract to produce sacramental wines. Due to the growing demand for this type of wine Georges expanded his land and winery. In the early 1930’s Georges hired a winemaker that would indelibly change the California wine industry forever. Russian born AndrĂ© Tchelistcheff began working at BV is the late 1930s and served as a mentor for some of the most famous Napa Valley winemakers.

In the 1980s the BV was further expanded and the head winemaker Joel Aiken took over the running of the vineyard. Today BV continues it proud tradition of passion and innovation producing some of the finest most progressive Napa Valley cabernets on the market.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 2000

The 2000 vintage has a deep ruby black coloring and a soft texture. The aromas rise with classic Rutherford dust, hints of black cherry, earthy mineral tone and licorice. A new oak and soft vanilla undertone completes the fragrance. A full-bodied flavor with a slight mineral and cherry taste off set with currant and anise.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1999

This vintage opens up to a dark violet red and bursts with flavor and intensity. A heavy herbal aroma with licorice and dark cherry complemented by a vanilla essence defines the first impression of this wine. This is a full-bodied, well-structured vintage with a thick round texture. The rip flavors of black and red fruits are layered upon licorice and mineral with a warm currant of bittersweet cocoa to finish. This wine has a long and intense lingering finish and will age and mature well.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1998

A deep purple coloring with a dense structure define this BV special. The strong mineral aromas of the Rutherford fruit are combined with sweet black fruit and cherry flavors. This is an age worthy drop with the classic look, taste and feel of a BV cabernet.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1997

This vintage possesses a rich rip aroma with the essences of black cherry and cocoa deepening to reveal a hint of vanilla and mineral. Heavily concentrated flavors of sweet berry and rich black fruits complement the full chewy texture.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1996

The distinctive dark opaque red is melded with dusty oak aromas, juicy ripe cherry and cassis. An earthy mineral fragrance features. Firm flavors of rip berry and spice combine in this classic BV wine. This is a graceful fine vintage that will age well.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1995

The 1995 vintage possesses the warm dark tones that have become renowned with BV cabernets. An oak and vanilla bouquet is completed with herb and ginger, cherry and mineral fragrances with a soft underlying floral component. The flavors are of heavy black fruit and warm ripe cassis.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1994

This vintage has a lighter bright coloring with an earthy ginger nose to begin. The soft notes of oak and vanilla complete the bouquet. On the palate this wine is ripe and possesses mineral undertones and rich black fruit flavors. Layers of earth and spice also linger on the palate with a finishing touch of French and American oak.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1993

The 1993 vintage has an intensive aroma and a deep ruby tone. Floral hints are layered with cherry and coffees fragrance. A fresh fruit flavor with a depth and texture that coats the palate. A dry but elegant finish completes this bottle.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1992

This vintage has an earthy quality and the traditional deep tones of a BV cabernet. A powerful and well-structured blend that combines a chewy texture with full fruit flavors. This wine has a strong mineral layer with touches of mocha and coffee and a sweet infusion of fruit and spice.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1991

This year’s bottle is a full-bodied vintage with a warm opulent red tone. The bouquet melds the spice and soy with a mineral layer of black fruits. This wine is ripe and heavy drop with the concentrated flavors of sweet fruit. A warm full flavor on the palate and a lasting impression.

Beaulieu George de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 1990

This classic vintage has a full flavor and warmth that extends beyond the bouquet on to the palate. The aromas of ginger, cassis and black berry greet the nose with a mineral tone to follow. A heavy fruit concentration defines the flavor.