An example of how excellent practices in the vineyard can make a varietal shine, this limited bottling has all the layers and unique characteristics you’d expect from a high-quality Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose, aromas of wild sage hint at an herbal character. Notes of dark berries, and dark plum play in concert with more savory flavors and a tinge of chocolate is present throughout. The palate is more linear with brilliantly focused acidity and freshness that leads to a pleasingly dry finish.
|100% Cabernet Sauvignon
|20 months in French oak, with 100% new barrels
“Plenty of blackcurrant and ink aromas with hints of currant bush and fresh herbs, following through to a medium to full body with tannin finesse and real freshness. Shows the nature of the Clone 4. Drinkable now, but give it three or four years to open.” - James Suckling, May 4, 2022
“There are 454 cases of the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4, which spent 21 months in 100% new French oak. To its credit, the wine doesn't come across as overly wooded, instead showcasing notes of redcurrants, dried herbs and ripe cherries. Full-bodied and marked by some dusty tannins on the finish, perhaps this wine will show a bit more down the road, but for now, it comes across as lacking a bit of concentration.” - Joe Czerwinski
Beaulieu Vineyard Winemaker Trevor Durling, presides as only the fifth winemaker in the winery’s 119-year history. A native Californian, Trevor was raised in Sonoma County, the heart of Northern California’s wine country. With a love of agriculture, science and cuisine, Trevor pursued his studies at the University of California Davis in the Viticulture and Enology program. As winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard, Trevor incorporates his passion for creating fine wines, while preserving the heritage and legacy of Beaulieu Vineyard.
At our state-of-the-art winery dedicated exclusively to the production of our Reserve wines, we utilized the latest technology to destem and optically- sort the berries to retain only the highest quality fruit. Cold soaking of the must and gentle pump overs gently extracted the flavor-rich skins into the juice. Upon completion of primary fermentation, we pressed the skins and transferred the wine into new French oak barrels for in-barrel malolactic fermentation and aging. Because of the unique and wonderful character of this clonal selection, we treat the wine as a separate lot and bottle a very limited amount.
The 2019 harvest started one to two weeks later than previous years, mostly due to February rains, but because the vines were in their winter dormancy, it did not affect the 2019 crop. Spring continued to be wet with some rain during flowering, followed by cool temperatures that allowed the grapes to mature gradually. Most grapes ripened at lower sugars, thanks to the extended, cool growing season, and winemakers were pleased with the full flavors, fresh acidity, and superb balance of the 2019 fruit. The resulting crop showed a modest yield with a slightly more compact structure and extract than in previous years.
In 1981, we began a 14-year series of trials in conjunction with UC Davis, to identify Cabernet Sauvignon clones best suited to our Rutherford Bench terroir. Two clones (4 and 6) were ultimately selected for grafting to rootstocks planted in the well-draining, alluvial fan soils of our estate vineyards. As a component of our Georges de Latour and other reserve Cabernet Sauvignons, Clone 4 gives the blend pronounced, lush, full flavors and has softer, more approachable tannins in its youth. Also known as the Mendoza clone, it was identified and isolated in Argentina and then brought to the United States. Known for its larger berries and tighter berry cluster, resulting in a Cabernet with lush, round and opulent style.
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