An extraordinary wine, dense, rich and earthy, with broad, plush tannins and tiers of complex currant, earth, cedar, black cherry, mineral and anise flavors. Keeps a tight focus on the long, rich, detailed aftertaste. *Cellar Selection. Top 100 wines of 2000, No. 34* (JL)
A profoundly deep nose of red and black fruit, with cedar, ginger and nutmeg. The sense of balance and grace is sublime, as layers of cassis, plum and cinnamon keep unfolding. The chewy finish is lengthy and elegant, and it should be held for no less than five years. This bottling honors its pedigree as California’s first classic Cabernet.
Dark red with ruby tones. Aromas of dark fruits, licorice, exotic spices and herbs, plus a sexy element of oak char. Silky, adamantly dry and classic, in a distinctly claret-like style. Can't quite match the 1990 for concentration or thickness, but delivers enticing subtle sweetness and lovely pliancy to its flavors of black cherry, cassis, mint and black pepper. Perhaps in part due to the modest alcohol, this wine boasts noteworthy aromatic complexity in the mouth. Broad, dusty tannins saturate the sides of the mouth. Still a tad youthfully aggressive on the end, conveying an impression of medicinal reserve. There's certainly no rush to open this wine. (ST)
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A strong effort from Beaulieu, the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a beautifully sweet nose of spicy oak intermixed with black cherries and currants. Full-bodied, rich, pure, and concentrated, it combines restraint and elegance with power and muscle. It will age well for two decades. While Beaulieu is no longer one of California's cutting edge wineries, this is classic stuff. (RP)
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