Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
A Bordeaux blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, .5% Malbec and .5% Petit Verdot.
The symphony of aromas and flavors in our 2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards located in diverse regions of the valley. With each swirl and sip, velvety layers of blackberry, ripe Santa Rosa plum, chocolate, violet and mineral are revealed. Each vineyard's clone, soil, mesoclimate, exposure and cultivation techniques contributed to the wine's complex fruit expression, while barrel aging added soft oak nuances.
Wine Enthusiast - "No one else in Napa Valley could produce a Cabernet of this pedigree, at this price, besides Beaulieu. They bring their century of experience, as well as their vineyards, to produce this fine, dry wine. It reeks of classicism, from the purity of structure to the refined, Bordeaux-like black currant and cedar flavors. An amazing accomplishment."
Beaulieu Vineyard Winery
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. View all Beaulieu Vineyard Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
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7 ratings, 5 with reviewsMike Conza - Canton, MA41/22/2010Wonderful nose, full fruit and wood tones. This opened up fairly quickly; juicy on the palate, balanced and layered. It drinks like a wine at twice the price until the finish - which unfortunately its a bit tart. Still - for $17 this is a great value. (although I notice wine.com bumped the price to $20 since my first purchse -- still a good value though).44/2/2012Sparky G - Simsbury, CT412/10/2010Very good. You can never go wrong with a BV. Could not be beat at the wine.com price $18.54/21/201145/20/20102006 proved to be a great year in the Napa valley. This is a good example of a great priced wine to enjoy with meals or on it's own.35/24/2010This was a nice wine, nothing to right home about. Easy to drink but nothing to stand out. With so many Cabs to try I'll just try something new next time and not get this again.John Balas - Marthasville, MO48/31/2010My wife and I both enjoyed this wine. I believe it will only get better with cellaring.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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