Beaulieu Vineyard

BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

8.9416 ratings
9.026 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

My previous notes are listed with a click on the photo & a short scroll. I opened this bottle four hours ago. It tasted past it’s prime from the bottle we had several weeks ago. This bottle showed lots of figs, dates, prunes & Eau de Vie Brandy/Cognac. It took four hours open in bottle to get back to my previous notes that I made nearly two months ago. Now, it’s beautiful dark, rich, beautiful Cabernet. If your well stored 87 BV Rutherford tastes over the hill upon opening, I wouldn’t decant it...that would be too much air for this bottling. I would open the bottle for an hour and let it stand. Then, pour into a glass for fifteen to twenty minutes and serve. It recovers magnificently. Deliciously perfect after nearly 30 years in the bottle. For the two of us, our last pour tastes like our previous bottle did after four hours being open in bottle. A splendid recent purchase for less than $50.

My previous notes are listed with a click on the photo & a short scroll. I opened this bottle four hours ago. It tasted past it’s prime from the bottle we had several weeks ago. This bottle showed lots of figs, dates, prunes & Eau de Vie Brandy/Cognac. It took four hours open in bottle to get back to my previous notes that I made nearly two months ago. Now, it’s beautiful dark, rich, beautiful Cabernet. If your well stored 87 BV Rutherford tastes over the hill upon opening, I wouldn’t decant it...that would be too much air for this bottling. I would open the bottle for an hour and let it stand. Then, pour into a glass for fifteen to twenty minutes and serve. It recovers magnificently. Deliciously perfect after nearly 30 years in the bottle. For the two of us, our last pour tastes like our previous bottle did after four hours being open in bottle. A splendid recent purchase for less than $50.

Jun 2nd, 2018
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

8.7

This is good, but the price? I don't have a lot of experience so perhaps it's the vintage, but it's a bit thin. Tangy tannin, dried, dusty fruit, cooling minty vanilla, burnt rubber, faintest hint of cinnamon and baking spices, sweet fruit for a moment in the finish. It's fine but lacking. Simply standard, especially for the price of Groth and Beringer Knights Valley Reserve.

This is good, but the price? I don't have a lot of experience so perhaps it's the vintage, but it's a bit thin. Tangy tannin, dried, dusty fruit, cooling minty vanilla, burnt rubber, faintest hint of cinnamon and baking spices, sweet fruit for a moment in the finish. It's fine but lacking. Simply standard, especially for the price of Groth and Beringer Knights Valley Reserve.

May 1st, 2018
Brett Pinkin

Gettin’ old school. Perfectly cellared by anonymous auction donor. Well balanced after all these years. Lots of color and fruit still alive.

Gettin’ old school. Perfectly cellared by anonymous auction donor. Well balanced after all these years. Lots of color and fruit still alive.

Feb 4th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

This is surprisingly for sale through Delectable...buy a bottle. If you haven’t had a well made Napa Cabernet this old, it’s a fun & enjoyable experience. This is a library selection release and was it a steal for under $50. Its a very classic BV. Especially, for the time period. On the nose; notes of Cognac; which I get in older BV’s. Ripe & slightly baked fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, rhubarb, figs, dates, cherries, dry, loamy, brown, top soil, steeped tea, dry & decayed brown florals with violets. The body is leaner to medium. Tannins completely resolved. There are noticeable tannins but it’s the acidity holding this wine together so well. The palate is ripe with baked fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, rhubarb, figs, dates, cherries, strawberries, and notes of light blue fruit. Some black licorice, cognac notes are very present on the palate. Loamy, brown, top soil, steeped tea, soft spice, clove, used leather, very soft chalky volcanic minerals, crushed dry rocks, dry & decayed dark florals with violets. The acidity is like rain. The well balanced finish is long and beautiful. Photos of their tasting room on Hwy 29, Rutherford vineyard just after harvest and tasting room on 29. Producer notes and history... Beaulieu Vineyard BV is a vineyard near Rutherford, California locates in the Rutherford AVA. It was established by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande in 1900. BV was an initial a purchase of 4 acres of land in 1900. Beaulieu Vineyard derives its name from the French phrase "Quel beau lieu" which translates in English as "What a beautiful place!". Legend has it that Fernande uttered these words when she first saw the land. The following year, they purchased a nearby winery originally built by California Statje Senator Seneca Ewer in 1885. De Latour's knowledge about phylloxera; which had ravaged many Napa Valley vineyard and his decision to import a rootstock variety resistant to the pest helped secure his stature as one of the early pioneers of California's wine industry. When Prohibition in the United States began in 1920, most wineries in the country were forced to close. However, Beaulieu smartly obtained a contract to supply sacramental wine to churches nationwide. The demand for such wine increased dramatically during the years of Prohibition and the winery repeatedly expanded. By the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933, production had grown to over 1 million US gallons per year. When Prohibition ended, Beaulieu hired Andre Tchelistcheff from France as winemaker and the quality of its wines increased significantly. Tchelistcheff also became a mentor to other important winemakers such as; Mike Grgich at Chateau Montelena who’s Chardonnay won (The Judgment of Paris), Joe Heitz of Heitz Wine Cellars, and Robert Mondavi. By the 1940s, Beaulieu wines were served at all major White House functions. In the mid-1940s, Beaulieu was owned by Marquis de Pins, whose wife was a member of the French wine-making de Latour family. In the 1950s and 1960s Beaulieu was considered one of the "big four" Napa Valley producers, along with Inglenook, Charles Krug (I have mad love for their 50’s & 60’s wines. Perhaps, their greatest period) and Louis Martini. The winery was purchased by international conglomerate Heublein Inc. in 1969. Heublein was later acquired by RJR Nabisco, then sold to Grand Metropolitan in 1987. Grand Metropolitan became Diageo in 1997 through a merger with Guinness and is now the largest multinational beer, wine and spirits company in the world. In 2016 Diageo sold Beaulieu Vineyard to Treasury Wine Estates. Between Treasury, Jackson Family Vineyards and Constellation, they own a huge chunk of the wine producing world. Beaulieu Vineyards is one of the largest land owners in Napa Valley with more 1,100 acres in vines. Their best parcels are located in the Rutherford appellation. They have plantings of all the major Bordeaux varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. They also have vineyards with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. In addition, they maintain a vineyard that is used to experiment with a wide variety of different grape varieties including; Carignane, Petite Sirah and Valdiguies. Today, Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor continues the tradition of finely crafted wines handed down to him by legendary BV winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff.

This is surprisingly for sale through Delectable...buy a bottle. If you haven’t had a well made Napa Cabernet this old, it’s a fun & enjoyable experience. This is a library selection release and was it a steal for under $50. Its a very classic BV. Especially, for the time period. On the nose; notes of Cognac; which I get in older BV’s. Ripe & slightly baked fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, rhubarb, figs, dates, cherries, dry, loamy, brown, top soil, steeped tea, dry & decayed brown florals with violets. The body is leaner to medium. Tannins completely resolved. There are noticeable tannins but it’s the acidity holding this wine together so well. The palate is ripe with baked fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, rhubarb, figs, dates, cherries, strawberries, and notes of light blue fruit. Some black licorice, cognac notes are very present on the palate. Loamy, brown, top soil, steeped tea, soft spice, clove, used leather, very soft chalky volcanic minerals, crushed dry rocks, dry & decayed dark florals with violets. The acidity is like rain. The well balanced finish is long and beautiful. Photos of their tasting room on Hwy 29, Rutherford vineyard just after harvest and tasting room on 29. Producer notes and history... Beaulieu Vineyard BV is a vineyard near Rutherford, California locates in the Rutherford AVA. It was established by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande in 1900. BV was an initial a purchase of 4 acres of land in 1900. Beaulieu Vineyard derives its name from the French phrase "Quel beau lieu" which translates in English as "What a beautiful place!". Legend has it that Fernande uttered these words when she first saw the land. The following year, they purchased a nearby winery originally built by California Statje Senator Seneca Ewer in 1885. De Latour's knowledge about phylloxera; which had ravaged many Napa Valley vineyard and his decision to import a rootstock variety resistant to the pest helped secure his stature as one of the early pioneers of California's wine industry. When Prohibition in the United States began in 1920, most wineries in the country were forced to close. However, Beaulieu smartly obtained a contract to supply sacramental wine to churches nationwide. The demand for such wine increased dramatically during the years of Prohibition and the winery repeatedly expanded. By the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933, production had grown to over 1 million US gallons per year. When Prohibition ended, Beaulieu hired Andre Tchelistcheff from France as winemaker and the quality of its wines increased significantly. Tchelistcheff also became a mentor to other important winemakers such as; Mike Grgich at Chateau Montelena who’s Chardonnay won (The Judgment of Paris), Joe Heitz of Heitz Wine Cellars, and Robert Mondavi. By the 1940s, Beaulieu wines were served at all major White House functions. In the mid-1940s, Beaulieu was owned by Marquis de Pins, whose wife was a member of the French wine-making de Latour family. In the 1950s and 1960s Beaulieu was considered one of the "big four" Napa Valley producers, along with Inglenook, Charles Krug (I have mad love for their 50’s & 60’s wines. Perhaps, their greatest period) and Louis Martini. The winery was purchased by international conglomerate Heublein Inc. in 1969. Heublein was later acquired by RJR Nabisco, then sold to Grand Metropolitan in 1987. Grand Metropolitan became Diageo in 1997 through a merger with Guinness and is now the largest multinational beer, wine and spirits company in the world. In 2016 Diageo sold Beaulieu Vineyard to Treasury Wine Estates. Between Treasury, Jackson Family Vineyards and Constellation, they own a huge chunk of the wine producing world. Beaulieu Vineyards is one of the largest land owners in Napa Valley with more 1,100 acres in vines. Their best parcels are located in the Rutherford appellation. They have plantings of all the major Bordeaux varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. They also have vineyards with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. In addition, they maintain a vineyard that is used to experiment with a wide variety of different grape varieties including; Carignane, Petite Sirah and Valdiguies. Today, Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor continues the tradition of finely crafted wines handed down to him by legendary BV winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff.

Jan 20th, 2018
Erin Pooley

Owner/Winemaker Good Luck Wines

9.9

It's a cultural moment! Our first night living in Rutherford and we are at the grill drinking BV ringing in #domesticdecember

It's a cultural moment! Our first night living in Rutherford and we are at the grill drinking BV ringing in #domesticdecember

4 people found it helpfulDec 2nd, 2013
Christy Canterbury MW

Master of Wine

8.5

Smoky oak, creamy & slightly thick palate, loads of peak-of-summer berries. Still a Napa Cabernet standard.

Smoky oak, creamy & slightly thick palate, loads of peak-of-summer berries. Still a Napa Cabernet standard.

2 people found it helpfulDec 22nd, 2014
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Every once in awhile you take a chance on a bottle that is a piece of history. In this case, Napa history. This 87 cost less than $50 and it is in amazing shape. The cork is playable and very little wine moved down the cork. Great seal! By the cork, you wouldn’t know it was 28-30 years old. The original owner of this bottle had a fantastic cellar. The nose is so subtle but full of nuisance and complexity. The fruits are still bright and fresh. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, touch of plum, poached strawberries, whiff of eau de vie and pomegranate. Loamy dry top soil, dry crushed rock powder, used leather, touch of dry herbs, soft volcanic minerals, anise, cola and very bright, beautiful, amazing red florals. The body is medium and dances and glides over the palate. The tannins are 85-90% resolved but still show some Rutherford dust. The palate fruits are still bright and fresh. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, touch of plum, candied cherries for days, poached strawberries, touch of eau de vie brandy, hint of baked rhubarb and pomegranate. Simply sugar molasses, loamy dry top soil, dry crushed rock powder, rich dark turned earth, used leather, touch of dry herbs/bay leaf, soft volcanic minerals, anise, bright cola/licorice and very bright, beautiful, amazing red florals w/ violets. The acidity is a rainfall. The texture, length, tension & balance couldn’t be better. The rich, polished, elegant, fruit and balanced earth finish lasts minutes. Such a steal and always a treat to drink 30 year old wines that hold up this beautifully. I’d love to put this wine in with some of the most revered producers in the world and watch it shine amongst the best of the best. Wine was not decanted. Such a beautiful wine! Photos of, outside their tasting room, long vineyard shot across Hwy 29 and one of their tasting areas.

Every once in awhile you take a chance on a bottle that is a piece of history. In this case, Napa history. This 87 cost less than $50 and it is in amazing shape. The cork is playable and very little wine moved down the cork. Great seal! By the cork, you wouldn’t know it was 28-30 years old. The original owner of this bottle had a fantastic cellar. The nose is so subtle but full of nuisance and complexity. The fruits are still bright and fresh. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, touch of plum, poached strawberries, whiff of eau de vie and pomegranate. Loamy dry top soil, dry crushed rock powder, used leather, touch of dry herbs, soft volcanic minerals, anise, cola and very bright, beautiful, amazing red florals. The body is medium and dances and glides over the palate. The tannins are 85-90% resolved but still show some Rutherford dust. The palate fruits are still bright and fresh. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, touch of plum, candied cherries for days, poached strawberries, touch of eau de vie brandy, hint of baked rhubarb and pomegranate. Simply sugar molasses, loamy dry top soil, dry crushed rock powder, rich dark turned earth, used leather, touch of dry herbs/bay leaf, soft volcanic minerals, anise, bright cola/licorice and very bright, beautiful, amazing red florals w/ violets. The acidity is a rainfall. The texture, length, tension & balance couldn’t be better. The rich, polished, elegant, fruit and balanced earth finish lasts minutes. Such a steal and always a treat to drink 30 year old wines that hold up this beautifully. I’d love to put this wine in with some of the most revered producers in the world and watch it shine amongst the best of the best. Wine was not decanted. Such a beautiful wine! Photos of, outside their tasting room, long vineyard shot across Hwy 29 and one of their tasting areas.

1 person found it helpfulMar 24th, 2018
Christopher Bates

Master Sommelier, Owner/Winemaker Element Winery

9.2

Simply perfect. As great as one could expect from this level bottling and far more than you would.

Simply perfect. As great as one could expect from this level bottling and far more than you would.

1 person found it helpfulNov 10th, 2014
David Pearson

Great fruit, structure and complexity. Very nice and still young for its age.

Great fruit, structure and complexity. Very nice and still young for its age.

1 person found it helpfulMay 31st, 2014
Steven Beal

Steven had this 4 years ago

Steven had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulMar 31st, 2014