2013 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the two flagship cuvées, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is a fabulous wine. Obviously, this is the one wine that received the most meticulous attention from their outside consultant Michel Rolland. A great effort in 2013, as one might expect in this vintage, this wine needs 5-6 years and seems capable of lasting 30-40 or more, given the history of the great BV Private Reserves. Inky purple to the rim, with an extraordinary nose of créme de cassis and kirsch, licorice, cedarwood, and a touch of underbrush, the wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, dense style, has great acidity, moderately sweet tannin, and a long, long finish. This wine is young and still slightly unformed, but loaded with potential and upside. Forget it for 5-6 years and drink it over the following half-century. There has certainly been a qualitative uptick in the wines of this historic winery in Rutherford. It is most noticeable in their flagship wine, the BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and in 2013 they added magnums of a special cuvée with a longer élevage called Le Coeur, which will probably be the greatest BV Cabernet Sauvignon made since some of their legendary wines such as the 1951, 1968 and 1970. 95+ (RP)
*Cellar Selection* Velvety and plush on the palate, this classic Cabernet offers firm, youthful tannins and full-bodied concentration of dense black fruit. Cedar, dried herb and tobacco scents frame its core, broadcasting a burning intensity and sanguine chewiness. Cellar and enjoy best 2023–2033. (VB)
If showing no lack of ripeness, this wine never loses its way and boasts clear varietal character of currants, black cherries, tea leaves and even a hint of coffee in its deeply fruited, rich yet tight aromas and flavors. Its classic lines are accompanied by more than enough tannin and solidity to see the wine through a minimum of five to ten years of growing maturity, yet there are already glimmers of polish and suppleness here and we would not be at all surprised if this wine were still alive and kicking in some two decades and more.