1979 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
My ratings on the 1979 Private Reserve have inched up as it begins to justify some of the lavish hype the wine received after its release. It remains a youthful, backward Cabernet Sauvignon that should prove to be one of the longest-lived 1979s. The wine exhibits a dark ruby color with no lightening at the edge. No aged bouquet has yet developed, but an attractive perfume of sweet red and black fruits, vanilla, herbs, and earth is pleasing. In the mouth, there is outstanding richness, full body, crisp, underlying acidity, and moderate tannin in the finish. This wine appears to have broadened, gained weight, and expanded on the palate without losing any of its youthful quality. It still needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should keep for 20 years.
Collector's note currently published by BV: "Medium dark ruby-garnet color similar to 1978. This is a denser and more focused wine than 1978, with fuller fruit, less earthiness, and fine bright cassis flavors. The acidity is still quite good, which emphasizes the berryish fruit. Doesn't have quite the richness of the 1978 but is more stylish and better balanced."