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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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Author: Robert Parker
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.
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.
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 10/10/2011
Still has lively acidity. Good tannins, long finish.
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.
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.
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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