Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750ml - Station Plaza Wine
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Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750ml
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Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Mighty in concentration, depth and elegance. The bouquet shows beautiful freshness with a cascade of red and dark berry fruit notes followed by hints of rose petal and violet. Rich, with a full-bodied structure on the palate, the wine is complex and expressive, revealing layers of blackcurrant, bright raspberry, dark cherry and cassis, followed by hints of cedar, cinnamon, clove and mocha. Plush tannins support the expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy and freshness. Well integrated notes of vanilla and toasted oak spices - from aging in new French oak barrels - heighten the aromas and linger on the finish.
Station Plaza Wine
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Amazingly tame and lushes, full of fresh fruit with a prefect blend of oak, roasted meats and fresh garden herbs. Its like having a glass of Summer with the sensation of a warm breeze coming over a garden.

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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve is fabulous. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2018 is a fine addition to the lineage of one of Napa Valley's most historic wines. Inky red fruit, chocolate, leather and licorice all open in the glass. Aeration brings out floral top notes, raspberry and a hint of blood orange. There is plenty of depth, but the tannins are finer than they were a few years ago. Shorter time on the skins and a reduction in barrel fermentations really allow the pedigree of these Rutherford sites to come through. The 2018 is sensational.

January 2021
Wine Enthusiast
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The famous wine lives up to its historic promise in this wonderfully complex and structured vintage, the wine showing an abundance of tension and youthful grip. Earthy in dried herb, cedar and sage, it shares notes of black currant, cassis and forest within a textured and brightly layered foundation of elegant ageablity. Enjoy best from 2028-2038.

November 1, 2021
James Suckling
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Outer quote mark This is one of the most balanced Georges de Latour, offering currants, minerals, fresh herbs and spices. It’s full-bodied with very fine tannins. Long and focused. Subtle and complex. Very elegant and refined in the end. Reminds me of classic, old vintages from the 1960s and 1970s. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

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Outer quote mark Showcasing the deep slashes of liquorice that you find in Cabernet from Napa, this is layered with concentrated cassis. A more generously spiced, ripe, juicy and pure version than you often find in the savoury, menthol-laced Cabernet of Bordeaux. This is confident and has years of pleasure ahead of it for anyone who owns it. Owned by Treasury Wine Estates, 100,000 bottles made and around 12,000 going through La Place. As one of the key Napa Valley Cabernets, that is part of the history of the valley, it is an exciting wine to have on the Place for the first time in 2020. 95% new oak. (JA) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

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Outer quote mark In great vintages of the 1940s and ’50s, André Tchelistcheff grew Georges de Latour Private Reserve wines that lived for six decades or more. Beaulieu has been through a lot of changes since those early days and this is the first vintage, on release, to show the beautiful elegance those old wines must have had in their time. In 2017, this wine retained its freshness for six days after the bottle was first opened, when there was finally nothing left to taste. But that last taste was still bright and fresh, sustained by dusty Rutherford tannins and an aristocratic structure, infused by delicate red and black currant flavors. Trevor Durling made the wine, his first vintage at Beaulieu, having joined as general manager and head winemaker in time to see the 2017 through the growing season to harvest... Durling credits more care in managing the leaf coverage shading certain parcels or rows of grapes, and more targeted irrigation in 2017, for helping to achieve phenolic ripeness ahead of sugar in the grapes, allowing him to harvest earlier than in the past, with a clearer delineation of the terroir expression in the grapes. By the time the fires hit on October 8, he already had harvested 80 percent of the fruit for this wine, when typically, in the past, the team would have brought in 40 to 50 percent. This may well turn out to be a historic vintage. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

Wine Advocate
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Outer quote mark Composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour was aged for 22 months in French oak, 95% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is open and ready for business, featuring notions of redcurrant jelly, black raspberries, boysenberries and spice cake with touches of red roses, camphor, dark chocolate and new leather. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers bags of fragrant red and black fruit preserves, framed by plush tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. This is a very pretty expression of this vintage, which is drinking beautifully now and yet should cellar for a good 20 years or more. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

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