1996 BV - Georges de Latour Private Reserve 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

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.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88(+?)

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?

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 93

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: 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.

Rating: 94
Author: 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.

Rating: 94
Author: Maia C
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 10/10/2011
Still has lively acidity. Good tannins, long finish.

Rating: 92
Author: 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.

Rating: 85
Author: gjsantoro
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/16/2014
Over the hill. Still had some fruit but very musky and a bit flat.

Average rating: 88, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

851 bottles owned by 402 collectors.

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About This Producer

In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France. Today the winery continues to turn to innovative practices to craft wines in a bold, classic style. They have become a leader in clonal research, and the BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. Most recently a new state-of-the-art winery was completed within one of the original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional, wine-the longtime benchmark of Rutherford Cabernet.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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