1982 BEAULIEU VINEYARD Georges de Latour Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Medium fully ruby-mahogany color. A still youthfully ripe and berry-mint bouquet heralds a wine still capable of further development. While there is a touch of acidity, the flavors are firm, minerally and laced with lovely Bordeaux-style cedar and black cherry nuances. There is good fruit in the finish, with fine tannins. A wine of structure and intensity without over ripeness.
One of the finest examples of the 1982 vintage, this wine has been a reliable performer for over a decade. It is one of only two B.V. Private Reserves made during the decade of the eighties to merit an outstanding rating. The 1982 exhibits a saturated dark ruby color with only slight lightening at the edge. The nose offers copious quantities of sweet, jammy, red and black fruits intertwined with plenty of spicy, toasty new oak. Ripe, full-bodied, opulent, and fleshy, this sumptuously-styled Private Reserve is drinking well.
The Georges de Latour Name Is Now a Wine Legacy. When André Tchelistcheff joined Beaulieu Vineyard in 1938, he tasted the de Latour family's private wine - what they called "Private Reserve" - from the 1936 vintage. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine was so distinctive that Tchelistcheff insisted it be bottled and sold as the winery's flagship offering. In 1940, Beaulieu Vineyard released the first vintage of Private Reserve and named it in our founder's honor. The resulting wine became the first release of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley's first "cult" Cabernet. In 70+ years since, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has become the benchmark of Napa Valley Cabernet as one of the most collected American wines.
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