1980 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
...fine intensity, full maturity, a good, spicy, rich, savory character, and excellent concentration.
...mature but complex cedar, coffee and currant flavors, finishing with dill and sage notes and a glimmer of berry.
In 1900, when Georges de Latour decided to buy a small, four-acre property in the town of Rutherford as a surprise for his wife he, perhaps unwittingly, purchased a piece of Napa Valley history. The land would become the foundation for Beaulieu Vineyard, which survived Prohibition by having one of a handful of contracts to supply churches with sacramental wine. After Prohibition the winery continued to thrive, experimenting with varietals, blends and aging and under the direction of André Tchelistcheff, the winery would fast become one of California's preeminent producers. This 1980 Private Reserve is definitely among the best produced by Beaulieu in the 1980s with an aromatic display of sweet fruit and oak spice that carry over to the palate. Intensely structured, this wine was guaranteed a long life and has received much critical acclaim along the way.