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Icons of California wine: Five Decades of Beaulieu’s Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon
April 2, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education LLC presents a very special wine event
Icons of California wine: Five decades of Beaulieu’s Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Before the days of cult wines and 100 point scoring systems, a handful of legendary wines from Napa Valley were produced and are still considered today to be some of the top wines ever made in America. One such wine is Beaulieu Vineyards’ Georges de Latour Vineyard, from the heart of Napa Valley in Rutherford. Legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff was at the helm of the making of this legendary wine until 1969, and since then it has continued a tradition of being a benchmark of California Cabernet. Current releases sell for $135 a bottle at the winery.To examine this special property and this incredibly special winery, we will taste a series of Georges de Latour’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from over five decades. One bottle each from the 2000’s, 1990’s 1980’s, 1970’s, and even one made by Tchelistcheff himself in the 1960’s. These wines have been carefully acquired over the last five years and I can’t wait to share them with you.This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to taste such a series of wines while learning about key aspects of the history of Napa Valley. Seating is extremely limited.As wine writer Ray Isle said in Wines & Vines magazine:”Beyond being the flagship Cabernet of one of Napa Valley’s best-known wineries, BV’s Georges de Latour Private Reserve is one of the few iconic California Cabernets. I’m not including the so-called “cult” Cabernets—the Harlans and Screaming Eagles of the world—in this category, because pricey and sought-after though they are, and even as good as they are, they just don’t have the historic weight. I mean the Cabernets that helped define Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, or helped clarify what its winemakers could aspire to. Robert Mondavi Reserve, Beringer Private Reserve, Heitz Wine Cellars Martha’s Vineyard, Chateau Montelena’s Estate bottling—these wines live in that realm.”