"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."
A deep and dark color, this wine looks powerful (2 of 2). Good spice in the bouquet, there a touch of oak, but I'm still looking for more (2 of 4). A big fruity intro makes for a nice presentation. it has good balance and a cool mouth feel. A complex finish is enjoyable. (8 of 10). A nice approachable cab, this is a very nice wine (3 of 4). TOTAL 14 of 20