2004 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
BV Private Reserve has been on a real roll. This Georges is enormous and impressive, gigantic in fruit, explosive in blackberry tart, cherry pie, blueberry, plum, cigar box and vanilla aromas and flavors. Structurally, it’s an impeccable wine, showing the fine acidity and firm, dusty tannins that always constitute Georges. Beautiful now, and should age well for 10–20 years, in a cool cellar.
Wine & Spirits
Primarily a Rutherford wine, this selection of BV's best fruit benefits from the firm's research into plant material, as their vineyards replanted to clones 4 and 6 are now maturing. They provide much of the distinctive flavor of this wine, a character that falls somewhere between pomegranate and raspberry with a roasted-fennel edge. It's unusual and extremely juicy, with a texture that turns to velvet across the palate. Fine-grained tannins keep it elegant, suited to age.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve is not the biggest, richest, most formidable example of this cuvee yet it possesses a beautifully restrained, balanced elegance that is neither pushed nor contrived. The color is a healthy dark ruby/plum and the nose offers up notes of underbrush, loamy soil and earth. The fruit veers toward red and blackberries, and the wine is close to full maturity. It is soft enough to be drunk now, but its impeccable balance will propel it over the next 10-15 years.
Rich, dense and chewy, with earthy currant, herb, cedar and dried berry flavors that are intense and concentrated, offering a dash of anise and dry oak before the tannins sweep in. Decant or cellar short term.