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Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2013

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750ML / 15.2% ABV
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750ML / 15.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The superb 2013 vintage gave the 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its unctuous fruit character and dense structure. Hugely complex, the wine reveals a broad spectrum of briary blackberry, black cherry and currant notes, with nuances of violet and bittersweet chocolate. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy. Integrated caramel and toasted oak spices, from aging in new French oak barrels, heighten the aromas and linger on the finish.

To enjoy this wine at its full potential, we recommend at least five years of bottle aging; however, if you can’t wait, decant before serving.

Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot.

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WW 98
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve was the first wine I ever saw on our family dinner table. My dad, who was not a wine drinker, made this his go-to wine for any special occasion—holidays and special family gatherings. As a young retailer—a long time ago—I recall the 1970 as one of the first "great" wines that I sold to our customers. One could say that I cut my teeth on the Georges de Latour. The 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve, a magnificent wine—ranking up there with the winery's incredible 1951, the formidable 1958, the substantial 1968, and the irrepressible 1970—is one of the very best wines from one of Napa Valley's finest vintages. The wine is deep in color and offers cassis, pencil lead, and savory dust in its aromas and flavors. The seamlessness of the wine is admirable. Though the wine is just beginning to reveal its tremendous pedigree, you can put this one in the bank as a treasure for the cellar. (Tasted: April 18, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
JS 97
James Suckling
Love the aromas of mint, blackcurrants, stones, black licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, dense and tight with layers of very, very fine and velvety tannins and a long and fantastic finish. Wonderful length and texture. A classic. Drink in 2020.
RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the two flagship cuvées, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is a fabulous wine. Obviously, this is the one wine that received the most meticulous attention from their outside consultant Michel Rolland. A great effort in 2013, as one might expect in this vintage, this wine needs 5-6 years and seems capable of lasting 30-40 or more, given the history of the great BV Private Reserves. Inky purple to the rim, with an extraordinary nose of créme de cassis and kirsch, licorice, cedarwood, and a touch of underbrush, the wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, dense style, has great acidity, moderately sweet tannin, and a long, long finish. This wine is young and still slightly unformed, but loaded with potential and upside. Forget it for 5-6 years and drink it over the following half-century. Rating: 95+
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Velvety and plush on the palate, this classic Cabernet offers firm, youthful tannins and full-bodied concentration of dense black fruit. Cedar, dried herb and tobacco scents frame its core, broadcasting a burning intensity and sanguine chewiness. Cellar and enjoy best 2023–2033. Cellar Selection
CG 92
Connoisseurs' Guide
If showing no lack of ripeness, this wine never loses its way and boasts clear varietal character of currants, black cherries, tea leaves and even a hint of coffee in its deeply fruited, rich yet tight aromas and flavors. Its classic lines are accompanied by more than enough tannin and solidity to see the wine through a minimum of five to ten years of growing maturity, yet there are already glimmers of polish and suppleness here and we would not be at all surprised if this wine were still alive and kicking in some two decades and more.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Impressively elegant and refined, exhibiting a graceful, understated array of harmonious flavors, with currant, anise, cedar and tobacco details amid crushed rock and loamy earth notes. Firms nicely on the finish, where the flavors linger. Drink now through 2030.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
A superrich vintage of this classic Rutherford Cabernet, this is concentrated with gentle power. The fruit is youthfully blunt in its primary grape flavor, the tannins brash with their oak extract. But there's a floral buzz and some tension to the structure that predicts a long life ahead.
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For more than 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has been setting the standard for rich, classic Napa Valley wines. Our legacy honors the marriage between state-of-the-art technology and gentle, traditional winemaking methods, a combination that enhances the expression of our remarkable vineyard terroir. From Calistoga in the north, to Carneros in the south, our Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley wines reflect this region's diverse terroir with classic varietal character.

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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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