Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
By Wine Review Online
Beaulieu Vineyard, Rutherford (Napa Valley, California) Cabernet Sauvignon 2012: BV, after a relatively brief period in which quality seemed to slip, is back in fine form over the past few vintages. This Rutherford district Cabernet ranks as one of the great values in the Napa Valley these days. It offers rich, ripe, complex layers of black fruit, with hints of spice and well integrated tannins. It is exquisitely balanced, to boot. Platinum award winner at the 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition. 94 Robert Whitley Jan 20, 2015
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2012 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from USA, Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr.
eRobertParker.com # 215 (Oct 2014)
Drink 2014 - 2024
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford represents a beautiful value with notes of dusty, loamy soil, dark black cherries, black cassis, cedarwood and Christmas fruitcake. Fleshy, round and sexy, it should drink well for 8-10 years. There is no question that Beaulieu Vineyards, an iconic estate in Rutherford that made so many great Cabernet Sauvignons in the fifties, sixties and early seventies, is returning to form. A lot of the credit must go to the brilliant international wine consultant, Michel Rolland, who works primarily on the Private Reserve program. The current group of 2012s showcase that beautiful vintage very nicely.
By Beaulieu Vineyard
2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Rutherford 95% Rutherford AVA, 5% Napa Valley AVA
Harvest Dates: Mid- September through mid- October
Ageability: 2014 to 2022
-97% Cabernet Sauvignon
-2% Cabernet Franc
-50% French oak
-35% American oak
-15% Hungarian oak
-(25% new barrels)
During Beaulieu Vineyard’s century-long history in Napa Valley, we have acquired some of the finest of all vineyard sites. We selected 80 percent of the grapes for this wine from vineyard blocks in our historic BV Ranches No. 1, No. 2 and No.10, which provided the concentrated dark-fruit character and firm structure that we desired. These vineyards, located on the Rutherford Bench, have alluvial fan soils - composed of gravel, sand and loam - that allow the vines to root deeply and develop complex minerality in the grapes. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor chose the balance of the grapes from highly regarded growers who have worked closely with us for many years.
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. We cold soaked the destemmed grapes for two to three days for gentle flavor extraction, which develops the elegant, layered fruit expression that is inherent in Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. During the eight- to twelve-day fermentation, we pumped over the cap to incorporate the flavor-rich skins into the juice. To balance the bold fruit expression with toasty oak character, Jeffrey chose 25 percent new barrels for barrel aging. He blended small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec with the Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance the tannin structure and complex flavor profile.
The relaxed, high-quality 2012 harvest was a winemaker’s dream. The ideal growing season - well-timed rains, no frost during budbreak and perfect weather for bloom, berry-set and ripening - was textbook Napa Valley. Long stretches of sunny days coupled with foggy nights gave our 2012 wines exceptionally rich, expressive flavors and impeccable balance. We had no weather pressures, from either pending rains or excessive heat, to rush the harvest. Instead, we had the luxury of waiting until the grapes reached perfect maturity.
The 2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon fills the senses with deep, fully ripe blackberry, cassis and black cherry aromas and flavors, nuanced with violet, tobacco and new leather. The wine expands across the palate in broad, full-bodied flavors, with a firm structure of cocoa powder tannins. Hints of toasty spice and dark chocolate from barrel aging permeate the aromas and linger on the intense finish. The texture is rich, and the balance is impeccable, inviting you back to take another sip.
-Rutherford, located in the heart of Napa Valley, is renowned for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.
-The textbook 2012 growing season and relaxed, high-quality harvest yielded fruit-expressive and beautifully balanced wines.
-The vast majority of the grapes came from our historic BV vineyards around our winery in Rutherford.
-Grilled steak with ratatouille and braised lamb shanks with polenta are fabulous pairings with this richly flavored wine.
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By Wine Spectator
BEAULIEU VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2012
Issue: Aug 31, 2015
This medium-weight version offers a firmly tannic profile of dusty berry from the get-go. Turns dryer on the finish, ending with an edge of cedar and chicory. Drink now. -JL