For over 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has been one of the benchmark premium Napa Cabernet producers. They’re meticulous in their process, have an absolutely insane state-of-the art production facility and traditional minimalist vineyard practices that have been perfected over the decades into an exact science. In Calistoga, Carnernos and beyond, Beaulieu vineyards are world-renowned for their beauty, their remarkable terroir and the phenomenal wines that consistently come out of these extraordinary places.
They built this reputation slowly and carefully- earning every accolade you can think of along the way. Rarely has any wine been added or subtracted from the BV portfolio – what you see is what you get, and it’s usually fantastic.
But every once in a while, an old dog learns a new trick- or in this case, an unexpectedly generous and outstanding vintage comes along, and you decide the fruit you have in tank needs its own bottling. That’s pretty special.
In 2018, Beaulieu Vineyard made their first ever BV Rutherford Reserve Cabernet. Feeling like they had no choice but to put into its own package their finest expression of Rutherford fruit to date, this is a spectacular bottling that has made the rash decision to make a Reserve seem like the absolute correct call.
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96 Points, James Suckling
This is so aromatic with redcurrants, flowers and crushed stones. Some bark and rose stem, too. Full-bodied, yet so refined and textured with a lovely finish of fruit and hints of berry and light chocolate. So delicious now, but will develop nicely in the bottle. Drink or hold.
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve is a deeper, richer wine with impressive chocolatey blackcurrant fruits as well as lots of tobacco, damp earth, camphor, and new leather-like aromas and flavors. It’s beautifully textured and medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a great finish. I’d be thrilled to drink bottles any time over the coming 10-15 years or more.