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2018 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon "Clone 4"

Beaulieu Vineyard 2018 Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Beaulieu Vineyard

Vintage: 2018

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Clone 4"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Rutherford

State or country: CA

Price: $185

Cases produced: 435

KWG Score: 94 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)

Review date: November 28, 2021

Wine Review: This deep ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon opens with black currant and moist pipe tobacco bouquet with hints of forest floor, black cherry, and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with medium acidity. The mouthfeel is balanced, smooth, and juicy. The flavor profile is a delicious blend of black currant and graphite with notes of oolong tea and black cherry. We also detected hints of raspberry tea and pomegranate. The finish is dry and its well-managed fine-grained tannins drift away nicely. The Panel would pair this Cab with an Old Mill king cut prime rib or with a roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This very limited bottling of the 2018 Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon, demonstrates the unique characteristics of a wine made from vines planted to this single, outstanding clone during this exceptional vintage. Intense musky aromas and flavors of perfumed blackberry, black cherry, blueberry pie, dark plum and black licorice are interwoven seamlessly with the baking spice notes of nutmeg, anise, clove, brown sugar, and molasses. There is also a subtler brambly or sauvage (hence the grape's name) note of wild herb bay leaf, mocha, and sarsaparilla on the lengthy, mouthwatering, juicy finish. The wine is full and rich, a true powerhouse, exhibiting earthy notes of graphite, tar, espresso, and dark chocolate. Full of great intensity, supported by firm, grippy tannins that are well-balanced with the oak spice from new French oak barrels, this Cabernet is saturated and lip-smackingly good. Perfect for enjoying now and this wine will continue to develop complexity in the bottle as it can age well for another 20+ years when stored at ideal cellar temperatures.

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