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1996 BV - Georges de Latour Private Reserve 750ml
1996 BV - Georges de Latour Private Reserve
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1996 BV - Georges de Latour Private Reserve
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Professional Reviews

IWC
88(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 93

Bright ruby-red. Quintessential Napa Valley aromas of cassis, tar, menthol, dried herbs, chocolate and Rutherford dust. Rather grapey flavors of cassis and spicy, cedary oak, complicated by an herbal note. Finishes rather tannic and a bit tough. Does this have enough flesh for its structure?

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WA
88

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 126

Beaulieu's flagship, the 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve, exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as aggressive toasty new oak, medium body, and firm tannin. The noticeable acidity exacerbates the firmness and tannic structure. Although very good, possibly excellent, it needs 2-4 years of cellaring. It should keep for 15-20 years. This wine needs more mid-palate as well as additional layers of flavor. Less acidification would open up the wine's texture.

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WS
91

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Gushing with berry and new wood character--perhaps a bit too much--but it's rich and powerful, with lots of good tannins and a long finish. Definitely a modern-style Napa Cab.--Georges de Latour Private Reserve vertical. 13,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

85

gjsantoro Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 08/16/2014

Over the hill. Still had some fruit but very musky and a bit flat.

94

Maia C Trust Rating: 90 Tasted On: 10/10/2011

Still has lively acidity. Good tannins, long finish.

94

BrantS Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 09/08/2011

A true Bordelais style wine. Still great fruit with softened yet firm Tannins. Some spice...all around would swear its a 1st Growth Premier Cru.

92

Bryon Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 11/22/2009 Drink Dates: 2009-2010

The wine has held up well. Slightly lighter in body and the color was pretty good although a tinge of brown on the rim. A flavor of Rutherford dust along with light berry flavors and oak. Real easy drink - soft and apprachable right away.

95

Gregory H928 Tasted On: 04/13/2009 Drink Dates: 2004-2011

Decanted for 1 hour. Outstanding with NY Strip. Smooth w/ still lots of fruit. Ready to drink now.

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