Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2002
from Napa Valley, California
Dark, black-ruby color. The aromas reflect classic "Rutherford dust" notes of black cherry, loamy mineral-earth tones, and licorice, along with fine new oak vanilla highlights. Medium full-bodied, with deep cherry-mineral, currant –anise flavors, this vintage has a fine veneer of tannins combined with good acidity to support 10-15 years aging. Rich, supple fruit softens the texture. The sweet fragrance and taste of vanilla from the new oak add measurable length and structure in the finish. A fine wine to drink young with grilled steaks, roast leg of lamb with shallots, or a ripe wedge of Fontina or aged Vermont cheddar cheese.
In 2002, moderate to cool summer conditions gave way to a heat spell in mid-September that accelerated ripening. Fortunately, the first two weeks of October saw a return to lovely fall days, and the grapes achieved near perfect maturity, with excellent balance and bright, ripe fruit flavors.
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A Customer - Illinois
Beautiful dark/opaque purple. Nose immediately closed after opening the bottle. It consisted of dark plum, cassis, black cherry, milk chocolate and a bit of smoke. Nice fruit, round tannins and a 30 second finish. 91 pts. Needs a few years in the cellar.
Paired nicely with beef roast and grilled portobello mushroom.
A Customer - San Francisco, CA
One for the cellar - fantastic vintage, incredible wine.
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