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2013 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour - Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1273620 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Love the aromas of mint, blackcurrants, stones, black licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, dense and tight with layers of very, very fine and velvety tannins and a long and fantastic finish. Wonderful length and texture. A classic. Inner quote mark (5/2017)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Ripe, concentrated and intense, with fabulous richness throughout, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Geo92+rges de Latour Private Reserve brilliantly melds together elements of both the classic and modern. The flavors are dark and unctuous, but even with the wine's considerable mid-palate sweetness, the 2013 needs time for the tannins to soften. There is no shortage of potential, but readers will have to be patient. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) 95+ Inner quote mark (10/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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 Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (5/2017)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (4/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Impressively elegant and refined, exhibiting a graceful, understated array of harmonious flavors, with currant, anise, cedar and tobacco details amid crushed rock and loamy earth notes. Firms nicely on the finish, where the flavors linger. (JL) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

K&L Notes

92+ points, Stephen Tanzer in Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Brooding aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, crushed herbs, violet and bitter chocolate. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, showing terrific spicy definition and lift to its dark fruit and violet flavors. This distinctly tight and firmly tannic vintage may be in the process of shutting down in bottle. Noteworthy energy allows this wine to carry its alcohol gracefully, but this will almost certainly be for drinking after the 2014. It will merit a higher score if time brings more sweetness and texture. (15.2% alcohol; 3.68 pH, 6.0 g/l acidity; aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak)" (4/2019) 95+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color with a touch of purple, it’s a little broody today, offering glimpses at spice cake, baked raspberries, warm cassis and blueberry pie with hints of menthol, mocha, cigar box and forest floor. Big, full-bodied, firm and grainy, this is a powerful wine that is in a bit of a mute phase right now in terms of fruit expression, finishing long and earthy." (05/2019)

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