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.