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1968 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1088846 93 points Wine Spectator

 A big and juicy old wine, with a youthful heart of fruit. Dark ruby in color, with an abundance of blackberry, plum, dark chocolate, tar and mint aromas. Similar flavors make for a full-bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Long finish. (JS)  (2/2000)

90 points John Gilman

 The 1968 BV Reserve was another brilliant wine in its day, but my previous experience with bottles since the turn of the century had been with a wine with its best days clearly in the rear view mirror. However, this particular bottle outperformed the 1970 served alongside of it, and really was a pretty good drink for the near-term. The bouquet is deep and more vibrant than the 1970 today, as it offers up a lovely mélange of black cherries, cocoa, blood orange, a touch of tobacco, Rutherford dust, Château Figeac-like nutty tones and a nice touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, long and complex, with lovely purity on the attack, good mid-palate depth, and a long, silky and rather gentle finish that still retains its shape and bounce all the way to the end. Like the 1970, the 1968 BV Reserve is at the end of its apogee of maturity, but will still deliver a good glass of wine for the next few years.  (8/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine remains at its plateau of maturity, with greater holding power than the 1970. There is a lot to be said for the 1968, a fascinatingly perfumed, spicy, richly fruity wine with full body, outstanding concentration, and wonderful freshness and length. (RP)  (6/1995)

K&L Notes

Founded by Georges de Latour in 1900, Beaulieu Vineyard is one of the original grand Napa Valley estates. The 1968 was recently tasted by writer Richard Jennings: "Bricked medium red violet color; mature, tart cherry, raspberry jam nose; better on palate, ripe red fruit yet, raspberry preserves, baked cherry palate; medium-plus finish (not as strong as the last bottle I tried) 92+ points." (, 10/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.