Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Reserve Napa Cabernet
Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Reserve Napa Cabernet

Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Reserve Napa Cabernet 2018 Rated 97TP

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Tasting Panel Review
Rated 97
The inaugural 2018 Rutherford Reserve Cab won us over with a juicy, concentrated swath of boysenberry preserves on the luxe entry. Once the dust settles, it leaves behind a sensation of powdered mocha and mulberry. Dynamic on the midpalate, the wine releases graphite, dried rose, and cherry skin to keep you salivating. A hint of blue sage on the finish also comes through on its continuing perfume along with some toasty cedar. Aged in (80% new) French oak, with some Malbec and Petit Verdot blended in.

Wine Tasting Notes
This inaugural 2018 Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the epitome of the finest expression of our western Rutherford bench-land terroir, exhibiting an intense saturation of color, aromas and flavors. The expressive perfumed bouquet leaps from the glass with exuberant dark berry fruits. Notes of blackberry, black currant, black forest cake and Creme de cassis sit alongside floral violet, rose petal, rosemary and bay laurel, while lifted baking spice notes from the well-integrated oak barrel character, shows nuances of cedar, cinnamon, clove and caramel. On the palate, there is juicy, saturated black cherry, macerated red raspberry, supported by darker hints of espresso, mocha and bittersweet chocolate. The structured "Rutherford dust" tannins are full of grip and plushness, showcasing the signature cocoa powder texture and expansive mouthfeel. Rich, with depth and balance, leading to a generous velvety-smooth textured persistent finish, showing concentration and refinement. A classic example of the very best from the Rutherford appellation.

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot

Alcohol 14.7%