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Beaulieu Vineyard

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2020
85
Soft, fruity, medium-bodied, forward and ready to go, with its easygoing, red berry character, this is a perfect, uncomplicated, summer quaffer. Drink this on the young side. 84-86 Pts

Soft, fruity, medium-bodied, forward and ready to go, with its easygoing, red berry character, this is a perfect, uncomplicated, summer quaffer. Drink this on the young side. 84-86 Pts

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2016
94
Forward, full-bodied, round and almost lush in its approach, you find loads of dark chocolate coated black and deep fruits, smoke, thyme and vanilla here. The wine offers potential early drinking charm. Yet it possesses enough, ripe, soft-grained tannins that it should evolve for at least 2 decades with little trouble.

Forward, full-bodied, round and almost lush in its approach, you find loads of dark chocolate coated black and deep fruits, smoke, thyme and vanilla here. The wine offers potential early drinking charm. Yet it possesses enough, ripe, soft-grained tannins that it should evolve for at least 2 decades with little trouble.

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2016
90
Already approachable with its forward, open, red and dark red fruit vinified in a soft, fresh, easy to like, medium-bodied manner. The floral accent on the nose and spicy fruit in the finish round off the otherwise oaky finish.

Already approachable with its forward, open, red and dark red fruit vinified in a soft, fresh, easy to like, medium-bodied manner. The floral accent on the nose and spicy fruit in the finish round off the otherwise oaky finish.

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2011
85
With its oaky, cherry filled nose, medium body and tart finish, I suppose come lovers of old school Cabernet Sauvignon will rave it about. I'm not buying tickets to the rave.

With its oaky, cherry filled nose, medium body and tart finish, I suppose come lovers of old school Cabernet Sauvignon will rave it about. I'm not buying tickets to the rave.

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2008
90
Dark in color, with coffee bean, blackberry, stone and vanilla notes, the polished finish ends with cassis and espresso beans.

Dark in color, with coffee bean, blackberry, stone and vanilla notes, the polished finish ends with cassis and espresso beans.

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1994
82
Charmless, bright, tart, earthy, tobacco filled and drying out with little freshness or fruit remaining.

Charmless, bright, tart, earthy, tobacco filled and drying out with little freshness or fruit remaining.

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1979
70
1979 BV Reserve with its smoke, tobacco, forest floor aromas would need to be hooked up to a defibrillator if owners hope to coax any life back into this wine. With a finish similar to a sweet tart, with any of the sweetness, this dud should be avoided. 7

1979 BV Reserve with its smoke, tobacco, forest floor aromas would need to be hooked up to a defibrillator if owners hope to coax any life back into this wine. With a finish similar to a sweet tart, with any of the sweetness, this dud should be avoided. 7

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1978
80
Wood, earth, red fruit, animal and barnyard notessmell unclean, This hard, wine offers little pleasure or charm. The tart, red fruit finish leaves a drying sensation on your palate.

Wood, earth, red fruit, animal and barnyard notessmell unclean, This hard, wine offers little pleasure or charm. The tart, red fruit finish leaves a drying sensation on your palate.

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1976
87
1976 BV Reserve was a pleasant surprise. Following an after wines that more often than not knocking on deaths door, this smokey, tobacco, truffle, earth and forest floor smelling wine was nice indeed. Elegant in style, without a lot of concentration, this light cherry filled wine was not something I'd buy, but I'd be happy to drink if it someone brought it to a dinner.

1976 BV Reserve was a pleasant surprise. Following an after wines that more often than not knocking on deaths door, this smokey, tobacco, truffle, earth and forest floor smelling wine was nice indeed. Elegant in style, without a lot of concentration, this light cherry filled wine was not something I'd buy, but I'd be happy to drink if it someone brought it to a dinner.

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1975
80
Hanging on to life, by the thinnest thread in the bag, there was more tart, acidic qualities than fruit. Tea in color, with a tobacco and earthy stained perfume, this should have been consumed years ago.

Hanging on to life, by the thinnest thread in the bag, there was more tart, acidic qualities than fruit. Tea in color, with a tobacco and earthy stained perfume, this should have been consumed years ago.

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1973
89
Better than the previous bottle. This was showing earthy, sweet, cherries, tobacco and cigar box notes. Medium bodied, with an earthy, rustic, but charming, fully mature red berry finish.

Better than the previous bottle. This was showing earthy, sweet, cherries, tobacco and cigar box notes. Medium bodied, with an earthy, rustic, but charming, fully mature red berry finish.

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Light in color, tobacco, cedar chest, earth, cassis, forest floor, smoke and cherry aromas opened to a fading, medium bodied wine showing textures that come with the patina of age. Lots of smoke and tobacco in the light, cassis finish. 1973 is a difficult vintage for birthyear wines in most countries. This was a nice surprise as it showed better than expected. If the bottle is well stored, this is a reasonable choice to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.

Light in color, tobacco, cedar chest, earth, cassis, forest floor, smoke and cherry aromas opened to a fading, medium bodied wine showing textures that come with the patina of age. Lots of smoke and tobacco in the light, cassis finish. 1973 is a difficult vintage for birthyear wines in most countries. This was a nice surprise as it showed better than expected. If the bottle is well stored, this is a reasonable choice to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.

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1968
75
The nose pops with cinnamon, strawberries, tobacco leaf, and herbs. The palate is not as interesting as it is light, bright, crisp, and short. This is hanging on by a thread, with not much gas left in the tank. From a perfect bottle purchased from the Joseph Phelps auction, this wine is clearly on the way out. That's not a bad thing considering the wine is 55 years old.

The nose pops with cinnamon, strawberries, tobacco leaf, and herbs. The palate is not as interesting as it is light, bright, crisp, and short. This is hanging on by a thread, with not much gas left in the tank. From a perfect bottle purchased from the Joseph Phelps auction, this wine is clearly on the way out. That's not a bad thing considering the wine is 55 years old.

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On its way out the door, fast, if you have been waiting for a miracle to occur, you missed that by at least a decade or two. What's left is tart, bright crisp red fruits and a strong, herb, olive and tobacco character. Drink up.

On its way out the door, fast, if you have been waiting for a miracle to occur, you missed that by at least a decade or two. What's left is tart, bright crisp red fruits and a strong, herb, olive and tobacco character. Drink up.

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Fading, but not faded, there is a strong, earthy, overriding component that overwhelms the remaining essences of red fruits. Medium bodied, and starting to dry out, if you are holding on to any bottles, you should pop a cork.

Fading, but not faded, there is a strong, earthy, overriding component that overwhelms the remaining essences of red fruits. Medium bodied, and starting to dry out, if you are holding on to any bottles, you should pop a cork.

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Blind, I would have said it was an older Pauillac with its cassis, truffle and earthy notes. The palate had a nice blackberry, cassis and plum profile with a slightly rustic character filled finish. This will not get better, but well stored examples are a lot of fun to drink.

Blind, I would have said it was an older Pauillac with its cassis, truffle and earthy notes. The palate had a nice blackberry, cassis and plum profile with a slightly rustic character filled finish. This will not get better, but well stored examples are a lot of fun to drink.

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1965
75
Well past its best days, the wine is light, sharp, bright and overly acidic. Still, if you look hard enough, you still find some vestiges of fresh red fruits, earth, tobacco and herbs. Drink up if you have any, as this is not going to further decline from here.

Well past its best days, the wine is light, sharp, bright and overly acidic. Still, if you look hard enough, you still find some vestiges of fresh red fruits, earth, tobacco and herbs. Drink up if you have any, as this is not going to further decline from here.

3,144 Views   Tasted
1964
60
This is the second bottle of this wine I've had in about two weeks. They were both from the same source. The fill was into the neck. With the help of an Ah-So, the cork popped out in a single piece. The color of light tea, the wine smelt maderized. The wine finished with maderized, nut flavors. There was almost no fruit. This is not a wine to buy for any price. If you have a bottle, give it to someone you don't like.

This is the second bottle of this wine I've had in about two weeks. They were both from the same source. The fill was into the neck. With the help of an Ah-So, the cork popped out in a single piece. The color of light tea, the wine smelt maderized. The wine finished with maderized, nut flavors. There was almost no fruit. This is not a wine to buy for any price. If you have a bottle, give it to someone you don't like.

3,943 Views   Tasted
The color of light tea and the smell of Madeira is not what I'm looking for in an old California Cabernet Sauvignon. Run, do not walk when this wine is for sale. It's as dead as Julius Caesar.

The color of light tea and the smell of Madeira is not what I'm looking for in an old California Cabernet Sauvignon. Run, do not walk when this wine is for sale. It's as dead as Julius Caesar.

3,554 Views   Tasted
1960
93
At 55 years of age, this is a stunner! Sweet cherry, cassis and tobacco, with a smooth, sweet, fresh and lively finish. My only bottle was shared with a friend born in the same year, so it went to the right place.

At 55 years of age, this is a stunner! Sweet cherry, cassis and tobacco, with a smooth, sweet, fresh and lively finish. My only bottle was shared with a friend born in the same year, so it went to the right place.

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1958
75
Rapidly fading and well on its way to completely faded, what little fruit remains is tart, bright and metallic.

Rapidly fading and well on its way to completely faded, what little fruit remains is tart, bright and metallic.

3,414 Views   Tasted