2005 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Classic structured, firm and soft at the same time, with a lyrical, creamy mouthfeel. The tannins are evident now, but that is characteristic of a young Georges, wand the reason it ages so well. The depth of blackberries, cherries and currants is unreal and persistent. This is one for the cellar and will age for at least a decade and propbably far longer. Try to keep you hands off it until after 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The classic 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve represents one of the most historic Cabernet Sauvignons in California. Beautiful blackcurrant fruit jumps from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. Interestingly, it was blended with 7% Merlot. The wine is opulent, full-bodied, pure, stunning, rich and seemingly close to full maturity. Again, terrific balance suggests at least another 10-15+ years of cellaring is possible. This is a sexy, seductive style of Beaulieu Private Reserve that is irresistible at present, although it might get better. (RP)
Once the proudest name in the Napa Valley, Beaulieu's flagship wine has reclaimed its place atop the Cabernet rankings over the past decade or so. And while it now has plenty of company at those august levels, there is still some-thing very comforting to see an old favorite emerge when we pull the covers off the top wines in our tastings. This year's version is full of black cherry and curranty fruit, adds in touches of roasted vanilla bean and milk chocolate and is suitably ripe without any turn to excess. Supple in feel yet sufficiently tannic for aging, this vintage is a Napa Valley classic.
Wine & Spirits
A vineyard selection from blocks in Rutherford, St. Helena and Oakville, this classic cabernet from Beaulieu contrasts dark tannins and brighter fruit flavors. The finish lasts with warm scents of baking spices and earth. Firm and supple, this will age well, or decant it long before dinner with roast beef.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, boysenberry and dark chocolate, plus hint of Rutherford dust, menthol and sweet butter. Densely packed and plush but vibrant too, with a lovely line of acidity giving firmness and lift to the dark berry fruit. Still a bit youthfully medicinal, with its menthol and herb flavors obvious today. Serious tongue-dusting tannins avoid hardness but should hold this Cabernet for years. 90+ Points
Raw and edgy in a good way, showing youthful acidity and tannins, highlighting a rich, intense core of blackberry and wild berry. Reveals touches of smoke and black licorice, along with a gravelly texture.—2005 California Cabernet blind retrospective (September 2015). Drink now through 2023. (JL, Web-2015)