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1976 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve
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Community Tasting Notes 39
saxual wrote: (91 points)
January 20, 2014 - Amazing that this still can show amazing complexity and structure after nearly 40 years. A bit flat off the top, it grew into a wonderful bouquet of almond and cherry. Long finish. Not good for very long out of the bottle, but quite impressive.
KingSlacker999 wrote: (89 points)
April 24, 2013 - Good balance at this point, muted dark fruit but still there. Tannins completely integrated. Got a little life left too.
Ex-Ray Likes this wine: (100 points)
March 21, 2013 - Dinner for six at home, with '09 Aubert chardonnay, '82 Mouton, and '83 Reiussec. According to cellartracker's "time to drink up", this should have been cpnsumed several years ago, but we all disagreed. I carried this bottle directly from B.V.'s library to my cellar 7 years ago. Fill was still high in the neck, the cork perfect. Still medium dark and opaque. Still the same amazing sweet American oak and cassis nose with hint of sherry that's typical of these older BV's and that we've loved since we started buying thes when Tchelistcheff was still making them, '66 through '70. Still had plenty of fruit, also with typical BV sweetness; perfectly balanced and complex, with a fabulous lingering aftertaste. We all thought it was perfection...preferred it to '82 Mouton. Unfortunately, our last '76 BV.
RWINO Does not like this wine: (50 points)
January 14, 2013 - Gone, way over the hill despite high fill and good cork. Undrinkable, down the drain.
Sennma Likes this wine: (93 points)
January 13, 2013 - A real treat to sample this wine. Bottle was in great condition and gives you a sense of the glory days of Cali wine making.
Pro Reviews 4
View From the Cellar
By John Gilman
May/Jun 2007, Issue #9, The Golden Age of California Cabernet Sauvignon :The Decades of the 1960s and 1970s
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By Richard Jennings
10/11/2007 (link) 93 points
(Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve) Group's #1 (my #1) – 43 pts; 6 firsts, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, 1 last place – dark medium red color with pale meniscus; youthful cassis, red fruit and menthol nose; charming, youthful, cassis, red fruit, menthol and raspberry palate; medium-plus finish
By Richard Jennings
9/6/2007 (link) 93 points
(Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve) Darker red color; roasted meat nose; great, tasty, youthful palate of juicy meatball, sage and well-integrated tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (group's WOTF by a vote of 5 to 4; still going strong after an hour in the glass)
By John Kapon
Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser, 4/10/2005 85 points
(B.V. Private Reserve) to be exact. The 1976 had a simpler nose, .the stewed tomato thing. Matt pinpointed, going on to call it .typical .76 B.V.. It did have some leather, chalk dust, carob and oak in its nose as well, and the palate was caramelized, possessing no tannins whatsoever anymore on its short finish. A touch of lemon juice and weird spice emerged in the nose, and Bob called it .undrinkable,. which he modified to .not that bad, but not pleasant.. The wine was average at this stage in its life
- Vintage 1976
- Type Red
- Producer Beaulieu Vineyard
- Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
- Designation Georges de Latour Private Reserve
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Napa Valley
- Appellation Napa Valley
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 408 (76%)
- Consumed 132 (24%)