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Beaulieu Vineyards

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Rating: B
Oct 14th, 2006
1960 Saint Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

Phone: 1 800 373 5896

Hours: Open Daily 10am - 5pm

Club/Discounts: 3 Clubs. Up to 20% Off

Tasting Fees: $10, $25 for Reserve Tasting (5 Wines)

BV is one of the most famous wineries along Hwy 29 in Napa Valley. Generally we try to avoid the large, tourist-trap wineries, especially on a weekend, so today we decided to call in to check out their tasting room. We had tried BV wines many times in the past, and are especially fond of their Tapestry and Georges de Latour. The winery is built for tourists, with two tasting rooms. The regular tasting room offers the everyday wines for $10 and across the parking lot is the reserve tasting room for $25, which has just been remodeled. Both tasting rooms are large and open and can cater to a lot of people. The server we had was friendly and chatty but did ask for the $25 up front which was interesting. If you want to check it out, we recommend going mid-week as it fills up very quickly.

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1995 Georges de Latour ($90)Rating: D
May 12th, 2006
      Best Wine - May, 2006

Best tasting GDL right now - still got lots of fruit after 10 years in the bottle, great nose and really fills the mouth. Beautiful long balanced finish I could drink this for hours.
1997 Tapestry ($40)Rating: D
Sep 12th, 2004
      Best Value Wine - September, 2004
      Best Wine - September, 2004

Very Drinkable - before or during a meal. "A beautiful wine" - Shane
1994 Georges de Latour ($85)Rating: C-D
Sep 21st, 2004
This will last for years, excellent structure, fruit flavours that fill the mouth and well balanced finish.
1994 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($24)Rating: C-D
Nov 4th, 2004
      Best Value Wine - November, 2004

Excellent - great jammy nose, fills the mouth and has nice tannins. This is the benchmark for the classic rutherford taste
1996 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($24)Rating: C-D
Nov 7th, 2004
Another great Rutherford Cabernet from BV - excellent nose, fruit and finish
2002 Georges de Latour ($95)Rating: C-D
Oct 14th, 2006
Big tannins, black-ruby in color with a great nose. This is a big wine. Well structured with a long finish. This wine will last years and will only get better with time. Best wine of the winery
1991 Georges de Latour (Magnum) ($100)Rating: C
Apr 14th, 2007
Musty on the nose, certainly an old earthy wine. Still some body left in the wine, but past its peak. A little fruit amongst the tannins - a good wine that probably was at its best 2 years ago
1993 Georges de Latour ($40)Rating: C
Mar 8th, 2008
      Best Value Wine - March, 2008

Picked up some 93 that were found by the wine store and were selling at half price. most of the fruit has gone, but still good structure and a chewy finish. 3 bottles opened with mixed tastings, but all corkscrew were dry and broke on pulling.
1994 Tapestry ($49)Rating: C
Apr 30th, 2006
Good balance, a nice blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cab Franc that finishes as well as it starts.
1995 Tapestry ($43)Rating: C
Jan 10th, 2005
Mostly Cabernet in this years blend. Good red fruits on the palate, with good tannins and nice finish.
1996 Georges de Latour ($79)Rating: C
Apr 17th, 2006
      Best Wine - April, 2006

Great fruit on the nose - fruity berries and structure with a long balanced finish. Has years left to enjoy.
1996 Tapestry ($24)Rating: C
Dec 22nd, 2004
A solid Cabernet blend, plenty of fruit and tannins that should keep this drinking well for some time.
1997 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($30)Rating: C
Jan 28th, 2006
Strong tannins, with classic flavours and a finish you can savour
1999 Georges de Latour ($44)Rating: C
Dec 10th, 2005
Good nose to open and lingering finish - this should age well
1999 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($15)Rating: C
Oct 21st, 2007
Good dust taste and solid tannins that give this wine good structure
2001 Georges de Latour ($58)Rating: C
Jul 17th, 2005
Good fruity nose, good body and finish, classic GDL cab - no TCA found by my nose.
2001 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($17)Rating: C
Jan 31st, 2005
Loved this wine - drank with a steak dinner and it matched the meat well with its aroma and structure. Should hold up, and perhaps improve for a few more years.
2003 Georges de Latour ($95)Rating: C
Oct 14th, 2006
Hard to taste alongside the 2002 Georges de Latour. Definitely a lot lighter Cabernet, without the structure or finish of the 2002. A nice wine but lost next to the 2002 Cabernet.
2003 Tapestry ($50)Rating: C
Oct 14th, 2006
Tapestry is one of our favourite wines. The 2003 is a smooth wine, well structured with good tannins. It is drinking well now but will definitely improve with some time. Not as good as previous years but still a nice wine.
2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($20)Rating: C
Nov 27th, 2008
Thanksgiving value wine !! Good rich colour, nicely rounded and smooth fruits on the tongue. Flavours of black cherries and chocolate. Good structure and fruity medium finish
2005 Ranch 1 Cabernet Sauvignon ($65)Rating: C
Feb 8th, 2009
Great mouth filling fruit flavours with a big nose and earthy tannins coming through on the finish.
2005 Ranch 2 Cabernet Sauvignon ($65)Rating: C
Feb 8th, 2009
Dustier than the Ranch 1, but with bold dusty Rutherford finish. Earthy flavours with a nice and smooth finish.
1999 Tapestry ($24)Rating: B-C
Feb 22nd, 2008
Nice blend, good fruit and decent finish. Not as much as the 1997 at its peak, but a good wine that has improved over the last couple of years.
2000 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($17)Rating: B-C
Feb 3rd, 2004
Lighter than other years, but good solid fruit and flavours
2001 Ensemble ($20)Rating: B-C
Nov 12th, 2006
Made in the style of Rhone wines, it is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. A little fruit left on the nose, but very soft flavours and drinkable with a smooth medium finish.
2001 Signet Collection Zinfandel ($9)Rating: B-C
May 12th, 2004
Very drinkable - bold but smooth. Good with spicy food. Good Value
2001 Tapestry ($28)Rating: B-C
Jul 20th, 2005
Good fruit on the nose, nice balance of berries on the palate and a medium finish
2002 Los Carneros Pinot Noir ($18)Rating: B-C
Dec 19th, 2004
Pleasant Pinot, medium bodied with a clean finish.
2003 Dulcet Reserve ($40)Rating: B-C
Oct 14th, 2006
An interesting mix of 24% Syrah and 76% Cabernet. A nice, everyday drinking wine. Very smooth. I liked it
2005 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($30)Rating: B-C
Feb 8th, 2009
Good balance - classic Rutherford nose and dusty palate - Nice dry tannic finish
2006 Mendocino County Reisling ($18)Rating: B-C
Feb 8th, 2009
Pale in colour, with a medium citrusy nose. Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Good for cleansing the palate
1998 Tapestry ($30)Rating: B
May 21st, 2006
Light fruits, not as strong as prior years - may already be past its best.
2000 Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon ($11)Rating: B
Feb 2nd, 2004
I have not tasted many coastal BVs - light in flavour and body, but drinkable with food midweek
2000 Private Reserve Pinot Noir ($20)Rating: B
Dec 20th, 2005
I prefer Cabs from BV, and this Pinot confirmed my opinion. Not very balanced with an odd finish
2000 Tapestry ($30)Rating: B
Dec 29th, 2007
Tapestry normal tastes lighter than other cabs as a balanced blend, but this is a little too light. Still a good drinker
2004 Carneros Reserve Pinot Noir ($40)Rating: B
Oct 14th, 2006
We were not hugely impressed with the Pinot Noir. It seemed very reserved and average. Better Pinots are available for cheaper
2005 Maestro Dry Creek Sangiovese ($22)Rating: B
Feb 8th, 2009
Basically a California Chianti - fruitier and sweeter than expected. Good nose of raspberry to start with sweet berries taste and a sweet finish.
2005 Maestro Ensemble Red ($27)Rating: B
Feb 8th, 2009
Rhone styled blend. Soft and smooth fruit flavours on the palate.
2005 Maestro Rutherford Merlot ($32)Rating: B
Feb 8th, 2009
Rutherford Dust and Merlot in the same glass, an interesting combo that would be better with food.
2006 Maestro Collection Zinfandel ($30)Rating: B
Jan 31st, 2009
Bigger to start on the palate. Deeper fruit and syrupy finish
2006 Napa Valley Zinfandel ($18)Rating: B
Jan 31st, 2009
Smells of smoke and fruit. Tastes like it smells, drinkable, but not a huge finish.
2000 Dulcet Reserve ($28)Rating: A-B
Sep 21st, 2005
Light and short
2000 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($17)Rating: A-B
Feb 14th, 2004
Winery thought this was black cherry, anise and tobacco - got none of that, dark colour, but lacking in nose or taste.
2001 Napa Valley Zinfandel ($25)Rating: A
May 12th, 2004
Poor taste, did not store well. Not worth buying again
2006 Coastal Zinfandel ($10)Rating: A
Jan 31st, 2009
Metallic with some fruit

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