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“Great Napa History and Wine”
Review of Beaulieu Vineyard

Beaulieu Vineyard
Ranked #14 of 26 things to do in Rutherford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France. In 1938, he traveled to France and returned with André Tchelistcheff, the famed viticulturist and innovative enologist. Tchelistcheff introduced cold fermentation for white wines, malolactic fermentation for reds and aging red wines in small, French oak barrels. He also insisted that the de Latour family's private Cabernet wine-"Private Reserve"-be bottled and sold as the winery’s flagship offering. The result was the inaugural 1936 vintage of the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley's first "cult" Cabernet. Today we continue to innovate to craft wines in our bold, classic style. We have become a leader in clonal research, and our BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. Most recently we completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of our original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional, wine-the longtime benchmark of Rutherford Cabernet.
Reviewed March 26, 2012

Mid valley winery with a great history of Napa Valley Winemaking. Wines are excellent. Can be crowded. Look for 2 for 1 coupons in local magazines.

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Reviewed March 24, 2012

I have been wanting to stop here for years. Will not go back. Very confusing when you enter, we paid first, then saw others paying after. We found a spot at the crowded tasting . The gentleman that started or tasting was very involved with a Spanish speaking couple and we had a hard time getting his attention after the first pour. He then left with them, presumably to help sell some wine. After waitingagood 10 minutes for him to return, weasked the woman behind the bar who was having fun with a few other tasters if she could help us. She refused saying that he would be back soon. When he finally returned the woman told him that we were upset that he left us and laughed. We had not made a scene, but she made a big deal out of it. At this point I was feeling uncomfortable so we thanked him and went to pick up the wine we wanted to buy. Took it to the same register we had paid for our tasting at and she tried to charge us again for the tasting. Same woman that had just sold us the tasting. On our way out we were greeted as if we were just coming in and offered a glass by three same person that had greeted us when we did come in! Horrible customer service!Will not go back, not recommend. Too many nice, friendly wineries to waste time here.

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Reviewed March 14, 2012

During our most recent trip to Sonoma and Napa Valley, we swung by the BV winery because my mom really likes BV wine. Since I was the driver, I didn't want to drink at all and my sister doesn't drink wine, my mom was reluctant to do the tasting. Once we got to the main tasting room, we were offered a sample of wine and that was the end of the graciousness of the winery employees. We trekked through some treacherous roads to get to the winery from Sonoma and insisted that my mom get wine to make our trip worthwhile. No one offered to explain the wine or even acknowledge us just because we didn't want to do a full tasting. The kicker was the curmudgeon of a lady who was bad mouthing a fellow co-worker aloud and being extremely condescending to my mom when she asked a simple question about one of the wine shipping sleeves. Never again!

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

A really lively and fun place to taste wine, especially when you're waiting for a table at Rutherford Grill. Pourers are very nice and generous with portions and tastings.

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Reviewed January 25, 2012

I always loved this wine and I was not disappointed by visiting it in person. Tasting fees are $15 and up. We are used to tasting in the central coast were few wineries have fees for tasting. Most wines see to be pouring the recommended amount of wine. If you go to other wineries, the host/hostess will often pour much more than the number of samples, or pour generously, this is not that type of place. Peter was our host and he was excellent. Don't miss a taste of the Port with home made chocolate sauce.

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