Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California, USA, 2016
Established in 1900, Beaulieu Vineyard is one of the most historic producers in Napa Valley.
Fruit for this wine is sourced across the Napa Valley from Rutherford, Calistoga and St. Helena appellations. Trevor Durling, only the fifth ever winemaker, produces a wine that has layers of blackberry, Bing cherry and plum, followed by notes of chocolate and mocha. A variety of additional grape varieties are blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon for extra mid-palate complexity. The toasted barrels offer up notes of baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. A richly textured mouthfeel, but still elegant, the aim is to make a Napa Cabernet that's approachable on release, but with potential to develop further with careful ageing in bottle.
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 6% Petite Sirah, 4% Touriga Nacional, 3% Malbec and 2% other complementary varietals, aged in French, American and European oak (30% new) for 15 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps boldly from the glass with boisterous crème de cassis, blueberry pie and baking spice scents with touches of chocolate box and potpourri. Full, rich and opulent, it has a plush texture and tons of forward, spicy fruit, finishing fruity." 90/100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018
"Considering this is the biggest production wine from this producer, it is really impressive. Redcurrants, blackcurrants, spearmint, aniseed, cedar, sage and pine needles. Very refined with fresh berries, interlaced between savory notes, the layers of tannins driven along by bright acidity. Drink now or hold. Better after 2021." 92/100 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Nearly 24 thousand cases made in this vintage, so plenty to go round! Drink with roasted red meats.
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