Beaulieu Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4 2009

IMG_0962Sandra and I stopped by Beaulieu Vineyards tasting room (George de Latour) back around a year ago and were surprised to walk into a library vertical tasting of George de Latour.  We sampled George de Latour from the early 80’s to present.  This was a very interesting experience and we have never been able to sample vintages like that.  Both of us loved the experience, but vintage wines is not something we are going to invest in.  Since we were able to do the library tasting for no cost, it was an easy sale to join their wine club.  They just asked us to get a minimum of two wine shipments.  This bottle was part of one of those wine club shipments.

This bottle of Beaulieu Vineyards, Rutherford, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 4, stood out to us, when we tasted it at the winery.  Sorry for the choppy sentence.  What Clone 4 is, is a clone taken from Argentina and then grown in Rutherford AVA (Valley floor) in the Napa Valley.  Spoiler alert….this is a great bottle of wine.

To the wine:

Nose:  The nose on this Cabernet Sauvignon was full of plum and cherry notes.  I would rate the nose to be medium in intensity.  There was a hint of spice notes here.

Taste:  During the tasting phase I received plum and cherry notes with a very tangy spice notes.

Finish:  The finish of this Cabernet Sauvignon was full of fruit notes.  There was also a medium warmth to the finish that stayed with you.    The finish had a nice spice note and the finish was quality.

Peju 2010 Cabernet Franc

IMAG0262Peju is a great winery on hiway 29 going through Napa.  You could consider this winery to be on the main drag through Napa.  Sandra loves Cabernet Franc’s and the Peju winery is a great place to try out new wines.  Peju is in the Rutherford AVA and the wine tasting area in the winery is very nice and open.

Now to the wine:  The nose was very muted and a hint of strawberries.  This wine is pretty unique nose and Peju has some interesting wines.  The taste was very big and full of berries.  There was a a strong pull on the whole tongue that was instantaneous.  This wine makes a statement that is very enjoyable.  The finish was smokey, warm and leaves you wanting nothing more.  Yes, this is a good bottle of wine.

Sandra says:  Loved it.  Nice essence of pepper and rolls to the back of the tongue.  The finish tapers off very nicely.  Good bottle of wine.

We will purchase again.