2007 Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Year: 2007
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 93
Red Wine
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"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. 8,905 cases made." (WS)

"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.

One of the most dramatic revelations in my California North Coast tastings was the resurrection/renaissance of Beaulieu Vineyard, one of the historic names in California winedom. This was the source of some extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons in the fifties, sixties, and early seventies, but the winery fell on hard times and was sold (it is now owned by the gigantic Diageo company). However, they have come back with a vengeance over the last few vintages. Michel Rolland, the brilliant wine consultant, was brought in to help resurrect the Private Reserve program, and it appears his magic has spilled over onto the other wines as well." (WA)

"Good full red with ruby highlights. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, cherry, strawberry and cedar. Opulent and thick but very young, with an element of inner-mouth floral lift I did not find in the 2006. Here the substantial, firm tannins are sweeter, allowing the berry and floral flavors to linger and build. Stambor describes this as a better-structured version of the 1997. Certainly the best vintage for this wine in recent years." (IWC)

"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" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Wine
With immense concentration, our 2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon opens with blackberry, cassis and black plum aromas, with mocha, black licorice, graphite and spicy oak nuances. On the palate, these complex notes echo through the expansive, dark-fruit flavors. The texture is dense and rich, framed by muscular, yet velvety, tannins that ensure even more complexity with bottle aging. This is our flagship wine, worthy of pouring for life’s most important celebrations.

Vineyard
This wine showcases our finest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which are deeply rooted in the well-draining alluvial fan soils of Napa Valley’s Rutherford American Viticultural Area. More specifically, it captures the beautifully balanced characteristics of our BV Ranches No. 1 and No. 2, originally planted by Georges de Latour in the early 1900s. More than a century of growing grapes on the Rutherford Bench gives us the knowledge we need to match the best rootstocks, clones and cultivation techniques to this exceptional site.

Winemaking
Gentle handling, including hand sorting, pre-fermentation maceration and fermentation in a combination of small barrels and open-top fermentors, contributed to the wine’s richness, depth of flavor and supple tannins. In-barrel malolactic fermentation followed by 20 months of aging seamlessly integrated the flavors. Then, Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor and renowned consultant Michel Rolland artistically blended this award-winning wine.

Vintage
Ideal conditions throughout the 2007 growing season made for a smooth and easy harvest of phenomenal quality. Napa Valley’s famous night fog persisted during ripening, retaining bright grape acidity, while the moderately sunny days developed ripe flavors. The varietals ripened in textbook order, with late-maturing Cabernet Sauvignon wrapping up the harvest from late September to mid- October. Mother Nature dealt us a good hand for crafting beautifully balanced, opulent wines.