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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
(search item no. 1677)

PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $20.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 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:

A classic Rutherford Cabernet! Solid ruby-violet color. Big Rutherford dust baked earth and cassis aromas with hints of roast coffee. These are suffused under lovely scents of mint and vanilla from the oak. The wine's medium full-bodied flavors reveal plush, sweet currant and blackberry fruit, velvety texture, and a distinctive and delicious hint of dark chocolate. The wine finishes with clean Cabernet fruit, not oak, and the spicy intensity typical of Rutherford Cabernet. Fleshy and upfront, this vintage of our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon should age gracefully for up to a decade.
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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.