Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 L) 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
"It takes Rutherford dust to make great Cabernet," said legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff. The 2005 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon gives proof to his statement with rich dark fruit character woven with enticing anise, cocoa, licorice, loam and dried-herb notes.
"The first impression is of sweet fruit, and then the wine expands across the palate into deeper, riper layers of berries and cherries," said Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor, as he swirled and sipped the wine. "Well-integrated oak character heightens the aromas and laces the long, fruit-imbued finish. This richly-textured Cabernet is at once approachable and age-worthy."
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Here is proof that not all classic Cabernets from Napa come with three-digit price tags. For, while this one is not as compelling as its mate, it is going to provide more early drinking pleasure, and the keen focus to its fruit and the rich, milk chocolate and ripe cherry sweetness tinged with hints of loam and sassafras in its flavors are precise portrayals of Napa Valley Cabernet in its most inviting guise. Nothing at this price compares."
Beaulieu Vineyard Winery
The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine. View all Beaulieu Vineyard Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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