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Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    A classic Rutherford Cabernet! Solid ruby-violet color. Big Rutherford dust baked earth and cassis aromas with hints of roast coffee. These are suffused under lovely scents of mint and vanilla from the oak. The wine's medium full-bodied flavors reveal plush, sweet currant and blackberry fruit, velvety texture, and a distinctive and delicious hint of dark chocolate. The wine finishes with clean Cabernet fruit, not oak, and the spicy intensity typical of Rutherford Cabernet. Fleshy and... View More

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    Beaulieu Vineyard

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    Beaulieu Vineyard, , California
    Beaulieu Vineyard
    The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre... View More

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    The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...

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    The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.