Rutherford, CA – Napa Valley, arguably where California Cabernet got its start. Many famous and legendary wineries are located here – Inglenook, Caymus, Grigch, Cakebread, Frog’s Leap. But, the one that started it all was Beaulieu Vineyards. It was established by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande in 1900. They continued making Sacramental wine during Prohibition and by the time of Repeal By the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933, production had grown to over 1 million gallons a year.
Following Repeal of Prohibition, Beaulieu hired Andre Tchelistcheff from France as winemaker and the quality of its wines increased significantly. Tchelistcheff is considered by many the “Father of California Wine” a was mentor to other important winemakers such as Mike Grgich, Joe Heitz and Robert Mondavi.
In this day and age of flying winemakers and Fly by Night wineries it is nice to return the classics. Remember why you love Napa Cab. – Lenny Rede Wine World California Buyer
This wine exudes its sense of place—the personality and quality of Cabernet Sauvignon grown on Napa Valley’s Rutherford Bench. Our 2009 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon captures this area with briary blackberry, dark plum, black cherry, chocolate and tobacco leaf. The famous Rutherford Dust gives the wine cocoa-powder tannins and texture, while well-integrated oak adds toasty mocha notes to the generous aromas and expansive flavors.
“It takes Rutherford dust to make great Cabernet,” said legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff. The 2009 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon gives proof to his statement with rich dark fruit character woven with enticing anise, cocoa, licorice, loam and dried-herb notes.”
90 Points The Wine Advocate
Wine World’s Price $29.99 MSRP $39.99