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2018 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon "Clone 6"

Beaulieu Vineyard 2018 Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Beaulieu Vineyard

Vintage: 2018

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Clone 6"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $185

Cases produced: 488

KWG Score: 94.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)

Review date: November 30, 2021

Wine Review: This deep ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon opens with black raspberry and stony minerality bouquet with hints of blackberry, moist pipe tobacco, and stewed plum. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with integrated medium plus acidity. The mouthfeel is nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is blackberry and ripe black currant blend with notes of cocoa and crushed stone minerality. We also detected hints of black plum, cedar, and nutmeg. The finish is dry, and its moderate tannins linger and then drift away nicely. The Panel would pair this Cab with a New York strip steak with cognac butter and Portobello mushroom ragout or with a pancetta-wrapped beef tenderloin. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This very limited bottling of the 2018 vintage Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon is lovely, demonstrating the unique characteristics of a wine made from vines planted to this single, outstanding clone during the exceptional 2018 vintage. Savory and rustic on the nose, this Cabernet offers layers of vibrant red berry fruit with raspberry, cassis, red currant, black cherry, and briary strawberry interwoven between more floral notes of wild rose, lavender, sage and thyme. Sweet vanilla, crème brûlée, clove and caramel notes also come through from the well-integrated oak nuances leading to an extraordinary lengthy mouthwatering finish, with subtle mocha and milk chocolate notes. The seductive satin-like tannins are lithe and lush, with elegance and focus. A truly mouth-pleasing Cabernet, there is a delicate balance with energy and finesse. The fruit is cradled by a line of fresh acidity which weaves intricately, supporting the fruit and tannin structure.

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