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2019 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon "Rutherford Reserve"

Beaulieu Vineyard 2019 Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Beaulieu Vineyard

Vintage: 2019

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Rutherford Reserve"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot & 5% Malbec

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Rutherford

State or country: CA

Price: $80

Cases produced: 10,152

KWG Score: 94.7 (based on 7 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94.5)

Review date: November 27, 2022

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a black cherry and black raspberry bouquet with hints of bay leaf, dark chocolate, oak, and moist pipe tobacco. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with integrated medium acidity. The mouthfeel is well-balanced, smooth, and textured. The flavor profile is black currant, fine graphite, anise, and oak blend with notes of stewed black plum. We also detected hints of bay leaf, dried herbs, and cocoa. The finish is dry and its bold and dusty tannins linger and last for a long time. The Tasting Panel would decant this wine for a while and then pair this Cab with well-marbled steak. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2019 vintage marks the second release of this Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a true epitome of the finest expression of our western Rutherford benchland terroir. A perfumed bouquet of wild dark berries, crushed earth, and toasty oak spice is present on the nose, while the palate is full of classic Cabernet character. Blackberry, cassis, and black forest cake interweave seamlessly alongside wild rose, while subtle baking spice notes from the well-integrated oak show nuances of cedar, cinnamon, clove, and caramel. The mouthfeel is saturated and supple with a generous complexity and power. The focused "Rutherford dust" tannins are polished, broad, and round, exhibiting the signature cocoa powder texture and expansive character upon which Rutherford is known. Balanced with depth and concentration, the texture is plush and smooth, leading to a long, persistent finish. A showstopper Cabernet, representing the very best from the distinguished Rutherford AVA.

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