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Date Printed: 7/13/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Reserve Pinot Noir 1999
Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Reserve Pinot Noir 1999
(search item no. 49690)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $32.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With this vintage, BV's Reserve Pinot Noir contains our first serious percentage of the new Dijon clone selections, in addition to several of the top BV selections propagated over the past four decades from our vineyards. The result is a wine with a dark ruby-violet color, more so than most Pinot Noirs reveal. The aromas evoke ripe cherry, even black fruits, with a touch of vanilla and black pepper along with spicy oak scents. On the palate, the wine shows medium full body, a rich velvety texture and flavors of dark cherry, game and cocoa. The mid-palate richness and concentration is reminiscent of a fine Cote de Nuits Burgundy, such as Nuits St. Georges. The finish is dense, powerful, slightly tannic still, and suggests the wine will need 4-6 years evolution. Great with roast lamb, game dishes and duck pasta.
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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

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.