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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 81503)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $31.99

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
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Full violet-ruby color. Distinctive Rutherford aromas of black cherry, dark olive and mineral scents, combined with an underlying whiff of smoky-vanilla oak mixed with wild blackberry. The flavors echo the nose; olive, black cherry and Rutherford minerality, framed by medium acidity and very suave supple tannin. Medium-full bodied in texture with a fine balance between the alcohol, fruit and tannin, this young wine already drinks well, but has the stuffing to support 6-10 years aging.

Food Pairings
Delicious with fettuccine in a rabbit and mushroom sauce, veal with demi-glace and green peppercorn sauce, or simply grilled marinated lamb.

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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.