Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
from Napa Valley, California
Full violet-ruby color. Distinctive Rutherford aromas of black cherry, dark olive and mineral scents, combined with an underlying whiff of smoky-vanilla oak mixed with wild blackberry. The flavors echo the nose; olive, black cherry and Rutherford minerality, framed by medium acidity and very suave supple tannin. Medium-full bodied in texture with a fine balance between the alcohol, fruit and tannin, this young wine already drinks well, but has the stuffing to support 6-10 years aging.
Delicious with fettuccine in a rabbit and mushroom sauce, veal with demi-glace and green peppercorn sauce, or simply grilled marinated lamb.
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A Customer - Groton MA
For the price, this is a truly outstanding wine. We first had it a few weeks ago, paired with fine steaks, and we ended up getting a second bottle as the first was so good. Deep ruby color and a full-body, we felt the nose and mouth was dominated by black cherry and earth, with a slight oak in the background. Most impressively, however, was how the wine opened up and rounded out--first pour is entirely different from one 10-15 minutes later. Let this wine breath a bit and you'll think you paid $90 instead of $20. Worth drinking now, but I'm going to try to save a case or two for later as well.
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