For more than 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has been setting the standard for rich, classic Napa Valley wines. They are truly one of the great. Armed with incredible state-of-the-art technology and gentle, traditional winemaking methods their wines represent some of the truest expressions of terroir in the area. From Calistoga in the north, to Carneros in the south, Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley wines reflect this region’s diverse terroir with classic varietal character. They are considered every year to be one of the great Napa Collectors items. This has some great age to it and will be drinking beautifully after a half hour of decanting.
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95 Points, Wine Spectator
An extraordinary wine, dense, rich and earthy, with broad, plush tannins and tiers of complex currant, earth, cedar, black cherry, mineral and anise flavors. Keeps a tight focus on the long, rich, detailed aftertaste.
94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
1997 was pretty much a textbook great vintage for Napa Cabernet with good yields. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged for 22 months in 100% new oak (55% French and 45% American), the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour gives a deep garnet-brick color and quite a meaty nose with notions of chargrill and beef drippings over a core of warm cassis, blackberry pie and candied violets plus wafts of Chinese five spice and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied with 13.8% alcohol, it has a firm, chewy texture and just enough freshness, delivering a great concentration of savory fruit, finishing long and earthy. In a maturity sweet-spot at the moment, now is a good time to drink this vintage, but there’s certainly no rush.
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
A profoundly deep nose of red and black fruit, with cedar, ginger and nutmeg. The sense of balance and grace is sublime, as layers of cassis, plum and cinnamon keep unfolding. The chewy finish is lengthy and elegant, and it should be held for no less than five years. This bottling honors its pedigree as California’s first classic Cabernet.