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2016 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour - Private Reserve" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $125)

SKU #1447309 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The intensity of fruit in the nose is so impressive with blackberries, blackcurrants and lavender. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied, tight and focused with polished and chewy tannins. Blackberries, currants, walnuts and hazelnuts on the palate. Solid core of fruit and ripe tannins. Classically structured. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The flagship cuvée, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve is all Cabernet that spent 22 months in 90% new French oak. Deep purple-hued with notes of blackcurrants, scorched earth, tobacco, and graphite, with a whiff of dark chocolate, it hits the palate with medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity and tannins, notable purity of fruit and a great finish. Utterly classic, world class juice! Inner quote mark (1/2020)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Blended of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot matured for 22 months in French oak, 90% new, this vintage has an alcohol level of 14.9%. Deep garnet purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is still incredibly youthful. Sporting notions of cedar and cinnamon toast to begin, the nose opens out beautiful notes of warm cassis, crushed red and black plums and kirsch with floral hints of roses and candied violets. Sparks of crushed rocks and cast iron pan plus a touch of dried herbs emerge with coaxing. Full-bodied, rich, bold and energetic in the mouth, the palate reveals a very firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long with beautiful mineral accents. (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright full ruby. Vibrant, pristine aromas of crushed blueberry, blackberry, cassis, violet, licorice and wild herbs, plus a hint of dusty cocoa powder. Remarkably plush on entry, hinting at an almost chocolatey ripeness, then large-scaled, dense and chewy in the middle palate, with harmonious acidity and a distinctly savory quality leavening the sweetness of the wine's berry fruit. Turns sweeter again on the wonderfully long, aromatic aftertaste, which boasts noble, perfectly integrated tannins and outstanding lift. Still a baby but has all the elements for greatness. Beaulieu will introduce this wine in the fall as a centerpiece of their 80th anniversary celebration and it will be a crowd-pleaser. It's hard to compare any wine to the '68, but this may eventually prove to be the best vintage of the Private Reserve since that magical wine. (ST) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2020 | Send Email
BV's Georges de Latour is a Napa Valley icon. The 2016 release is the 80th anniversary edition...yes 80th! The amazing thing is that very little has changed in all those decades. The fruit for this wine is still sourced exclusively from BV Ranches No.1 and No.2 right in the heart of the west Rutherford Bench. Stylistically this wine is a timeless expression of Napa Valley Cabernet; big powerful fruit, rich luxurious texture, loamy dusty earthy, cigar box notes and ripe, refined tannin. It's a concentrated, structured wine but also retains plenty of elegance and poise. This wine is a stalwart, a benchmark, a quintessential expression Napa Cab that has proven itself time and time again and should be considered one of the great wines of the world. Given its pedigree, quality and ageing potential, the price point is a relative bargain in modern day Napa Cab and in my opinion it wipes the floor with many far more expensive so called "cult wines". Our extra sharp pricing and potential best ever vintage release means this wine deserves a place in everyone's cellar.

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