1977 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #900890 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Coming from the second drought vintage in a row in the 1970s in Napa, although yields were closer to normal this year, the wine spent two years in 50-gallon American oak barrels prior to bottling. The alcohol came in at 13%. Medium tawny-brick colored, the 1977 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour reveals compelling menthol, smoked meats and Indian spice scents with a core of kirsch, mincemeat pie and new leather plus hints of dried flowers and cast iron pan. Medium-bodied with lovely purity and bold freshness, it features plush, very fine-grained tannins supporting muscular dried berries, finishing on a mineral note. (LPB)  (5/2019)

93 points Vinous

 Healthy, moderately saturated medium red. Cherry, minerals and a hint of cedar on the nose, lifted by high-pitched ginger and cinnamon spice notes. A surprisingly piercing style of wine with lovely inner-mouth perfume and lift to its raspberry and floral flavors. This sexy, energetic, classically dry vintage finish with a balsamic cedary quality, nicely integrated tannins and repeating minerality. From a second consecutive drought vintage. (13% alcohol; 6.6 g/l acidity; still no new oak in 1977) (ST)  (4/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Chunky, well structured and better than expected. Excellent dark red color, with aromas of plum, cassis and berry and hints of wet earth.Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Still tight; needs time. Not at all drying up. (JS)  (2/2000)

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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.