Dark ruby-violet color. This Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon promises much, and delivers more! The aromas suggest black and green peppercorn, with currant-mint and black tea overtones. Medium bodied, the aromas are echoed on the palate, and completed by hints of dark chocolate. Finishing with a light, velvety texture, this wine is very easy to drink.
When Georges de Latour founded Beaulieu Vineyard in 1900, he joined the ranks of northern California's early winemaking pioneers, including Augustin Haraszthy, Charles Krug, Gutave Neibaum, H.W. Crabb, Jacob Beringer and George Yount.
Just as the nascent wine industry began to thrive, however, it took some hard knocks from the Great Depression and the first infestation of Phylloxera. And when Prohibition became the law of the land, in 1919, most wineries were forced to cease production. Beaulieu Vineyard, however, not only remained open, but increased its business fourfold as de Latour produced sacramental wine.
In 1938, de Latour traveled to France and returned with famed viticulturist and winemaker André Tchelistcheff, who is widely considered to have initiated Napa Valley into the wonders of modern winemaking. Tchelistcheff-or "the Maestro" as he came to be affectionately called-introduced such industry-wide standards as cold fermentation for white wines, malolactic fermentation for red wines and the aging of red wines in small, French oak barrels. His work at Beaulieu Vineyard and his guidance throughout the valley as a consultant contributed more to the quality of California wine than any other individual.
Ripe, easy to drink yet well structured, this will be an ideal wine with richer meat dishes, full-flavored pastas, and grilled chicken teriyaki. Drink within four years of vintage.