2007 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The phenomenal 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is the greatest BV Private Reserve made since the 1970 and 1968. The good news is 11,000 cases were produced. The return of this superb Napa classic is fabulous news, and the brilliance of this wine is evidenced by its opaque purple color and its big, sweet, blackberry, cassis, subtle smoke, graphite, and spicy oak-scented nose. Dense and full-bodied with sweet but substantial tannins, thrilling levels of concentration, texture, and richness, and a heady finish, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and last three decades or more. It’s time to once again fill your cellars with the BV Private Reserve, one of the historic names in California wine folklore.
Over the years, Beaulieu's Reserves have run the gamut from thrill to disappointment, but the 2007 is a clear hit for the label and may turn out to be a classic. It is both rich and refined with a wonderful core of well-extracted curranty fruit framed with complementary oak and accented with touches of coffee, loam and the dusty spice of its provenance. It is a dense, deeply filled, eminently ageworthy wine, and, while it is simply too tannic to drink anytime soon, it will develop famously over the next ten to twenty years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red with ruby highlights. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, cherry, strawberry and cedar. Opulent and thick but very young, with an element of inner-mouth floral lift I did not find in the 2006. Here the substantial, firm tannins are sweeter, allowing the berry and floral flavors to linger and build. Stambor describes this as a better-structured version of the 1997. Certainly the best vintage for this wine in recent years.
**Cellar Selection** Dark, bold, potent and young are just a few words to describe this Cabernet, which contains a splash of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Shows concentrated blackberry, black currant and violet flavors that turn sweet and chocolaty on the finish, although the wine itself is perfectly dry. Quite tannic, which suggests ageability, although high alcohol of 15.5% will be controversial in some circles. Best after 2013, in a proper cellar.
Firm, ripe, rich and concentrated, full-bodied and tightly focused, with a chewy core of dried currant, mineral, fresh earth, spice, black licorice and dried sage, gaining weight, depth and density and ending with a potent, full-bodied finish. Best from 2011 through 2018.
BV's flagship wine, the Georges de Latour was first made by legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff in 1936. According to the winery: "Today this wine is widely considered the standard bearer of fine Rutherford Cabernet, with deep fruit character, silky tannins and impressive aging ability." The 2007 is notable for being the last vintage before completion of the new winery-within-a-winery in 2008, dedicated to the Latour bottling alone. An interesting addition to a vertical.