Friday, July 9, 2010

Beaulieu Vineyards, Rutherford, CA - wine tasting

Next to Robert Mondavi, BV was the most crowded vineyard we visited today. However, because we went to the reserve tasting rooms in each of these wineries, we didn't have to deal directly with the crowds - there were never more than two other couples in the tasting rooms with us. The other great thing is that while the reserve tastings usually run at least $30, I printed out coupons from the wineries themselves and from that offered us free reserve and regular tastings, or 2 for 1 offers on tastings at some wineries. So we were able to taste wines at both Robert Mondavi and at BV for free.

BV is a really beautiful winery. For one as commercialized as it is, it's lush and can accommodate the flow of traffic well. We didn't feel as if we were fighting for a space in the parking lot, or having to elbow our way around inside the main tasting room.

The first wine we tasted at BV was actually in the main tasting room, and was a complimentary tasting offered upon entry. It was the Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Carneros, and it retails for $22/bottle at the winery. I smelled and tasted citrus and acid, and the wine was crisp. It was okay, but not my favorite SB.

In the reserve room we tasted the Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon 2001, Napa Valley, which retails for $120/bottle at the winery and was rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Aroma - red plums
Taste - red fruit, tobacco, strong tannins

This was a very nice wine, but again in a price point that I couldn't afford on a daily basis.

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