Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2007
The phenomenal 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is the greatest BV Private Reserve made since the 1970 and 1968. The good news is 11,000 cases were produced. The return of this superb Napa classic is fabulous news, and the brilliance of this wine is evidenced by its opaque purple color and its big, sweet, blackberry, cassis, subtle smoke, graphite, and spicy oak-scented nose. Dense and full-bodied with sweet but substantial tannins, thrilling levels of concentration, texture, and richness, and a heady finish, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and last three decades or more. It's time to once again fill your cellars with the BV Private Reserve, one of the historic names in California wine folklore.
Medium ruby; a bit less bright than the Clone 4. Slightly cooler and more medicinal on the nose, with black fruit aromas complicated by notes of cedar, mocha and bitter chocolate. Plush, fine-grained and sweet; this really fills the mouth with flavor. Superconcentrated but not at all over the top. Still needs time to absorb more of its baby fat but has compelling savory minerality and the powerful fruit and supporting structure for many more years of development. The dense, rising finish features suave tannins. This practically makes the Clone 4's tannins seems gritty and dry by comparison. Powerful and classy Cabernet.
Over the years, Beaulieu's Reserves have run the gamut from thrill to disappointment, but the 2007 is a clear hit for the label and may turn out to be a classic. It is both rich and refined with a wonderful core of well-extracted curranty fruit framed with complementary oak and accented with touches of coffee, loam and the dusty spice of its provenance. It is a dense, deeply filled, eminently ageworthy wine, and, while it is simply too tannic to drink anytime soon, it will develop famously over the next ten to twenty years.
Firm, ripe, rich and concentrated, full-bodied and tightly focused, with a chewy core of dried currant, mineral, fresh earth, spice, black licorice and dried sage, gaining weight, depth and density and ending with a potent, full-bodied finish. Best from 2011 through 2018.
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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and crisp acidity...
Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and refreshing acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.
In the Glass
Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.
Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.
The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.