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2020 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Napa Valley Merlot

2020 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Napa Valley Merlot

2020 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Napa Valley Merlot

$75.00
Bottle
Price $75.00
$900.00
Case (12)
Price $900.00

Tasting Notes

The 2020 Merlot offers captivating aromatic notes full of dark cherry, black raspberry. vanilla custard, and spearmint. The wine boasts a generous display of red fruit nuanced with notes of cassis, fresh fig, and green coffee bean. On the palate, it showcases the distinct character of Rutherford, with a plush mouthfeel and cocoa powder texture tannins. The finish lingers impressively, leaving a lasting impression. Drink now and enjoy with some decanting. This Merlot has the potential to age gracefully until 2032.

Technical Information

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2020
Appellation Rutherford
Blend 20 months in French oak (75% new)
Oak Treatment 20 months in French oak (75% new)
Alcohol % 14.5%
pH 3.66

Winemaking

The grapes for this Reserve Merlot benefited from our state-of-the-art optical sorter technology, which scrutinizes every berry to obtain the highest quality fruit. After, we fermented the must in stainless steel tanks until dry. Gentle pump-overs during fermentation extracted flavor, deep color, and tannins from the skins. We then pressed and transferred all the wines to small oak barrels coopered with French oak to develop and integrate flavors over the next 20 months.

Vintage

It was a warm, dry winter and the rain and cooler weather didn’t arrive until the end of March. While the mild spring provided a great early start, summer brought very cool mornings and very warm days. The harvest was smaller, and one of the most challenging in history, but our always optimistic team was able to create wines of high quality, with concentrated flavors and excellent acidity, from this unprecedented vintage

Vineyard

Grapes for this wine were sourced from our original Rutherford estate vineyard, BV Ranch No. 1, and from our long-time growing partner, Shifflett Vineyard, in cooler-climate Yountville. These specifically selected blocks along the Rutherford bench and western benchland of Napa Valley have well-draining soils which creates just enough stress to allow for smaller yields; resulting in smaller berries and a higher skin to juice ratio.