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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2004
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2004
(search item no. 92976)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1969 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1969 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot

Georges de Latour is the classic, original "Reserve" California wine, reflecting many decades of experience with some of Napa Valley's most historic vineyards. This wine was aged for 21 months in oak. Hand-harvested fruit, whole berries, careful but vigorous extraction during fermentation and gentle handling throughout the winemaking process yield a stunning wine for the ages.

The 2004 vintage of this extraordinary wine offers intense aromas of black fruits, mocha, toast and briar. It is full bodied, with rich, mouth-filling tannins and deeply concentrated black currant, vanilla and anise flavors. This vintage will require seven to nine years of aging to reach maturity, yet tastes fine now — an excellent example of the vintage.

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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.