Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve wines are handcrafted from the finest grapes of the vintage, focusing on our premier estates in Rutherford, Carneros and other Napa Valley appellations. For more than 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has set the benchmark 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. Our Pinot Noir is sourced from some of our finest estate vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, with the majority coming from our Los Carneros estate in the far Northwest corner of the Carneros appellation.
This is our finest Pinot Noir, which we've selected from our Los Carneros estate vineyards in the southern reaches of Napa Valley. These reserve-quality grapes came from the sections of our BV Ranches No. 8 and No. 5 that yielded impeccably balanced Pinot Noir with abundant personality. A selection of Dijon clones perfumed the wine with floral and vibrant red-fruit notes, while Pommard clones enhanced the wine's dark-fruit flavors, structure and minerality.
The grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir were meticulously scrutinized, every cluster being our highest quality fruit. We fermented the Pinot Noir reserve wine-lots in small stainless steel and oak vats, using gentle pump-overs and punch-downs to re-submerge the caps of flavor-rich skins. In-barrel malolactic fermentation rounded the acidity, while aging in French oak barrels integrated and developed the wine's flavors.
Jeffrey Stambor joined the Beaulieu Vineyard winemaking team in 1989 as a viticulturist/enologist. As the current director of winemaking, he leads production of the winery’s world-renowned Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, and presided over the harvest and vinification of 2013 Rarity – the extremely limited release Cabernet Sauvignon blend. He is only the fourth director of winemaking in Beaulieu Vineyard’s history, and the third to craft Georges de Latour Private Reserve over the 77-year history of that iconic wine following Andre Tchelistcheff, the original winemaker, and his immediate predecessor, Joel Aiken.
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