With a generous splash of Syrah, this is a New World interpretation of a Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The Syrah adds unexpected spiciness and juicy, ripe fruit expression. The rich blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon predominate, while Syrah contributes lush blueberry syrup notes and hints of peppery spice. A sweet smoky note from aging in French oak barrels adds complexity. Charming in its youth, this wine will continue to develop complexity with proper bottle aging.
The high-quality 2012 harvest was a winemaker's dream. The relaxed, easy vintage was greatly appreciated after the challengingly cool weather patterns in 2011. Long stretches of sunny days coupled with foggy nights gave our 2012 wines exceptionally rich, expressive flavors and impeccable balance. The ideal growing season - well-timed rains, no frost during bud-break, and perfect weather for bloom, berry-set and ripening - was textbook Napa Valley.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine come from our BV Rutherford Estate Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley. The specific lots of Cabernet Sauvignon chosen for this wine showed exceptionally fruit forward expression and a softer, rounder tannin structure. All of the Syrah fruit in the blend comes from BV Ranch No. 9 in the Los Carneros region at the valley's most southernmost tip. This Syrah was specifically chosen for the blend because of its vibrant blueberry flavor and spice notes as well as for its overall lushness on the palate.
Jeffrey Stambor joined the Beaulieu Vineyard winemaking team in 1989 as a viticulturist/enologist. As the current director of winemaking, he leads production of the winery’s world-renowned Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, and presided over the harvest and vinification of 2013 Rarity – the extremely limited release Cabernet Sauvignon blend. He is only the fourth director of winemaking in Beaulieu Vineyard’s history, and the third to craft Georges de Latour Private Reserve over the 77-year history of that iconic wine following Andre Tchelistcheff, the original winemaker, and his immediate predecessor, Joel Aiken.