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2001 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1011161 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright medium ruby-red. Knockout Pauillac-like aromas of cassis, black cherry, graphite and menthol. Plush and generous but kept firm by its strong mineral core. This energetic beauty offers pristine, delineated flavors of black fruits and saline minerality. While it's still remarkably youthful and has the structure for a long life in bottle, its broad, refined tannins give it great drinkability today. Finishes sweet and very long. I'd love to taste this wine blind in a flight of top 2001 clarets, which are also mostly in a lovely place today. (ST) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged for 22 months in oak barrels, 76% new, 57% French and 43% American. Medium to deep garnet-brick in color, the nose slowly unfurls to reveal baked blackcurrants, stewed plums and dried mulberries with touches of dried leaves, pencil lead, cigar box and beef drippings. Medium-bodied with an alcohol of 13.6% and a pH of 3.9 (suggesting relatively low acidity), the tannins are ripe, firm and velvety textured, framing tons of black fruit preserves flavors and savory nuances, finishing on a lingering menthol note. Still packing plenty of fruit, while this is drinking beautifully now there is no rush to drink. (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Classic Georges, balanced and ageworthy, yet riper and lusher than any Private Reserve in memory. Magnificently ripe fruit, rich in currants and cocoa, well-oaked, with ripe, supple tannins. Doesn’t try to out-wow the competition in power, but the equilibrium is its strong point. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (10/2004)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark No tasting note given. Inner quote mark (12/2004)

K&L Notes

This wine blew the staff away in our Redwood City store, and that is very difficult to do with any wine from California. A classic BV Private Reserve! Deep and intense with balance, harmony, and length, the 2001 is one of the best Private Reserves in quite some time. It is a far cry from all of these over-extracted, high alcohol, in-your-face cult wines. The ‘01 Georges is all about balancing power with finesse. It should age well over the next 15+ years. A classic! (Trey Beffa, K&L Domestic Buyer)

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