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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1998
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1998
(search item no. 23202)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $13.94

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fine deep ruby black, nearly opaque color. Strong, minerally, loam and spice aromas with loads of black currant fruit and a hint of opulent new oak vanilla. Deeply constituted ripe black fruit flavors show a lot of briary-dusty notes as well, typical of Rutherford Cabernet. Rich and fleshy, with moderately full tannins and a strong ripe finish, this should age well for at least a decade, but is quite dense and delicious now.
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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.