2014 Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 88% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it gives up compelling kirsch, sautéed herbs, crème de cassis and baked plums notes with touches of tobacco, fallen leaves and dried mint. Full-bodied (14.9% alcohol) and solidly structured with firm, chewy tannins in the mouth, the palate is packed with muscular fruit lifted by herbal accents, finishing long and savory." (WA)

"Bright ruby-red color. Enticing aromas and flavors of blueberry, violet, black cherry and sandalwood. Juicy and pliant wine but not hugely fleshy or fat, conveying terrific clarity and depth of flavor and a captivating balance of sweet and savory elements. The slowly building, very long finish features substantial broad tannins. This beauty stands out for its precision and penetration. I like it as much as the 2015 but the two wines are totally different in mouth feel. (14.9% alcohol; 3.69 pH; 6.1 g/l acidity; aged for 22 months in 88% new French oak)" (VM)

"Extremely complex aromas of currant, coffee, spearmint, Thai basil and sandalwood. Full body, firm and chewy tannins yet linear and exciting. Just a baby. Fantastic structure here. Better in 2020." (JS)

"A much more complete wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges De Latour Private Reserve checks in as a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and the balance Merlot that was fermented and aged in 88% new French oak. It offers a terrific perfume of black currants, blueberries, spicy oak and leafy herbs. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and lightly textured, with fine, elegant tannin, it's not a blockbuster, yet shines for its elegance and purity. It should drink nicely for 20+ years." (JD)

"This famous wine lives up to its name, showing tart cherry on entry, followed by a thick midpalate of sage, cedar and tobacco. Lightly spiced in white pepper and clove, it has an underlying elegance that needs time to overcome the youthful, grippy aspects of the tannins. Enjoy 2024–2029." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The wonderful 2014 vintage gave our Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its beautiful fresh fruit character and rich, full-bodied structure. Hugely complex and expressive, the wine reveals a broad spectrum of juicy briary black currant, cherry and cassis notes, with nuances of cedar, sandalwood and mocha. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy. Well-integrated notes of caramel and toasted oak spices-from aging in new French oak barrels-heighten the aromas and linger on the finish. To enjoy this wine at its full potential, we recommend at least five years of bottle aging; if you can’t wait, however, decant before serving.