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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Clone 6 Cabernet 1998
Beaulieu Vineyard Clone 6 Cabernet 1998
(search item no. 51989)

PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $131.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dense ruby-purple black color. The sheer individuality of Clone 6 stands out in the deep, mineral-earthy yet powerfully fruity aroma, redolent of cassis, graphite, black pepper and sweet oak-vanilla. Rich and powerfully fruity on the palate, the wine shows mouth-coating fruit intensity, with concentrated black fruit and mineral flavors balanced by substantial, firm but not edgy tannins. More compact and less broad right now than the '97 Georges de Latour, there is a dense core of sweet, ripe fruit that suggest that this wine should reach its peak after a decade of aging, though the highly textured, velvety mouth-feel allows one to enjoy the wine now with a fine grilled lamb chop or roast beef.
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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.