For more than 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has been setting the standard for rich, classic Napa Valley
wines. Our legacy honors the marriage between state-of-the-art technology and gentle, traditional
winemaking methods, a combination that enhances the expression of our remarkable vineyard terroir. From
Calistoga in the north to Carneros in the south, our Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley wines reflect this
region's diverse terroir with classic varietal character..
The Cabernet 169 clone is a French, Bordeaux clone that first came to the US and was planted by UC
Davis in 2003. Since then, it has been gaining popularity in all the major Cabernet growing regions, and is
especially prolific on Mount Veeder within Napa Valley, although our Clone 169 is primarily sourced
from our Estate Rutherford benchland vineyards. In 1980, 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. Clone 169 was ultimately selected for grafting to rootstocks planted in the well-draining, alluvial
fan soils of our estate vineyard. As a component of our Georges de Latour and other reserve Cabernet
Sauvignons, Clone 169 has good berry size, high vigor, and a well-balanced acid to sugar ratio. The wine
can be higher in alcohol, depending on the winemaking style and it was created to produce a big, bold
Cabernet with intense complexity. The color is a vibrant, deep red and the mouthfeel tends to be powerful
with a lingering finish. This grape is definitely for the adventurous winemaker..