1999 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel tasting: Firm structure and plenty of stuffing here, with cedary currant, wild berry, currant and spice, and firm tannins. (Web-2000)
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This age-old classic begins with sawdust aromas and hints of mint and green bean. Broad plum, berry and vanilla flavors spread across the wide-open palate, followed by a finish of mocha and coffee. The wine is on the sweet side, with fairly aggressive oak, yet it manages to shine and strut its stuff. (MS) Marked by hints of sweet oak, spice, herb, tobacco and chocolate up front. Powdery tannins support bright raspberry, blackberry, sage and thyme flavors. However, acidity is on the bright side and clashes slightly with the tannins. (JM)
With its high fruit intensity and strong structure, according to the estate's collectors' notes, this bottling may be the longest-lived of the 1990s Georges de Latour series.