1971 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1120498 John Gilman

Outer quote mark The wine has now entered a delicate endgame, but is not yet showing any signs of oxidation and is still a lovely drink. The complex and tertiary nose offers up scents of cherries, nutskin, Rutherford Dust, spice tones redolent of red curry and a gentle base of coconutty American oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full and beautifully transparent, with fine balance, melted tannins, bright acids and good complexity on the long and gentle finish. This will not hold on for many more years, but it is only on the cusp of the far side of the plateau and has not yet started its descent and remains a very pretty glass of old Cabernet. (Drink between 2017-2025) Inner quote mark (7/2017)

K&L Notes

In 1900, when Georges de Latour decided to buy a small, four-acre property in the town of Rutherford as a surprise for his wife he, perhaps unwittingly, purchased a piece of Napa Valley history. The land would become the foundation for Beaulieu Vineyard, which survived Prohibition by having one of a handful of contracts to supply churches with sacramental wine. After Prohibition the winery continued to thrive, experimenting with varietals, blends and aging and under the direction of André Tchelistcheff, the winery would fast become one of California's preeminent producers.

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