Even in a $159 case, you’ve got to have a splurge red, for those welcome occasions that provide a perfect excuse to indulge in a very special wine. There aren't many California Cabernets that I would consider the equivalent of a Bordeaux classified growth, but Beaulieu Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is one of them. It comes from the exact same vineyards as Andre Tchelistcheff's legendary Beaulieu George de Latour Reserve ($100), and tastes like it. It makes me feel like I'm drinking the best the world has to offer, and, in fact, I am.
The product of years of patient refinement, our Cabernet Sauvignon blends Merlot and Syrah with traces of complementary varietals to expand its flavor and texture.
Each vintage, we make over 200 separate lots of Bordeaux varietals, honing the blend during 18 months of barrel aging. Only the finest lots are included in each glass of Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon, to show the best of the vineyards, and the vintage.
Our Vintner's Reserve Merlot is sourced primarily from vineyards in Sonoma County, where Merlot develops a splendid plum character framed by luscious black cherry and soft, round tannins. A splash of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon add backbone and complexity, creating a beautifully structured, food-friendly wine.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of black cherry, plum and violets, followed by subtle flavors of strawberry and allspice. Firm yet supple tannins finish off this approachable fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon, making it ideal for a variety of food pairings.
When served at cellar temperature (55 degrees Fahrenheit), you will find our Chardonnay shows the best layering of Gravenstein apple aromas with vanilla, butterscotch and spicy toast notes. Lush, juicy flavors of honeyed apricots are balanced by Meyer lemon zest character. The creamy texture and toasty oak finish will continue to lengthen as the wine relaxes in the bottle.
Color: golden straw Aroma: Asian pear, butter crust apple tart tatin, juicy golden pineapple, guava, Meyer Lemon, orange blossom, honeysuckle, hints of toasted hazelnut Taste: sweet focused entry opens to a fleshy, round, and bright mid-palate, notes of citrus, cream filled profiteroles with spun sugar, and a clean mineral driven finish.