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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 109680)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ideal conditions throughout the 2007 growing season made for a smooth and easy harvest of phenomenal quality. Napa Valley's famous night fog persisted during ripening, retaining bright grape acidity, while the moderately sunny days developed ripe flavors. The varietals ripened in textbook order, with late-maturing Cabernet Sauvignon wrapping up the harvest from late September to mid-October. Mother Nature dealt us a good hand for crafting beautifully balanced, opulent wines.

Our 2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the terroir of the Rutherford appellation with lush, brambly blackberry, cassis and ripe black cherry character nuanced with cocoa, licorice, earth and cedar. Well-integrated oak spice from barrel aging heightens the aromas and lingers on the long, fruit-imbued finish. Ripe, firm tannins structure the dense, richly textured flavors, giving the wine both approachability and cellar-worthiness.

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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.