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2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Clone 4 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Clone 4 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Beaulieu Vineyard

2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Clone 4 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

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Description

Description

In 1980, we began a 14-year series of trials in conjunction with UC Davis, to identify Cabernet Sauvignon clones best suited to our Rutherford Bench terroir. Two clones (4 and 6) were ultimately selected for grafting to rootstocks planted in the well-draining, alluvial fan soils of our estate vineyards. As a component of our Georges de Latour and other reserve Cabernet Sauvignons, Clone 4 gives the blend pronounced lush, fleshy flavors and has softer, more approachable tannins in its youth. Also known as the Mendoza clone, it was identified and isolated in Argentina and then brought to the United States. Known for its larger berries and tighter berry cluster, resulting in a Cabernet with lush, round and opulent style.

Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

93

JamesSuckling.com

"Lifted aromas of blackberries, black olives and dried flowers. Dried fruits and some figs, too. Full-bodied, big and chewy. Round and powerful tannins. A juicy wine. A little old-school. Drink in 2020." - James Suckling, May 2018

Wine & Vintage Details

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

This very limited bottling of 2013 Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates the unique characteristics of wine made from vines planted to this single, outstanding clone during an extraordinary vintage. Deep-ruby hued, this Cabernet Sauvignon's lush aromas and generous, fruit-expressive flavors are filled with layers of juicy black cherry, cassis and hints of plum, followed by baking spice notes of anise, clove and subtle brambly or savage (hence the grape's name) herbal notes on the finish. The wine is fresh and vibrant, with beautiful balance and acidity, almost suggesting a cooler-climate source. The full, round and rich flavors (very 'Rubenesque') are structured by firm, yet supple, tannins and are nicely balanced with vanilla and oak spice from new French oak barrels. While enjoyable now, this wine will continue to develop complexity in the bottle for another decade or more when stored at ideal cellar temperatures.

Vintage

The 2013 vintage even surpassed the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A very low-rainfall winter was followed by a dry, warm spring and nearly ideal summer. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, excellent fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest fostered intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines. Truly an extraordinary vintage in which the wines will need time to open up and age if enjoyed early, but will have tremendous potential for allowing the wines to age and evolve.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Rutherford AVA

Rutherford

Vineyard

In 1980, we began a 14-year series of trials in conjunction with UC Davis, to identify Cabernet Sauvignon clones best suited to our Rutherford Bench terroir. Two clones (4 and 6) were ultimately selected for grafting to rootstocks planted in the well-draining, alluvial fan soils of our estate vineyards. As a component of our Georges de Latour and other reserve Cabernet Sauvignons, Clone 4 gives the blend pronounced, lush, full flavors and has softer, more approachable tannins in its youth. Also known as the Mendoza clone, it was identified and isolated in Argentina and then brought to the United States. Known for its larger berries and tighter berry cluster, resulting in a Cabernet with lush, round and opulent style.

Winemaking

At our state-of-the-art winery, dedicated to the production of our Reserve wines, we hand-sorted the destemmed berries to retain only the highest-quality fruit. Cold soaking of the must and gentle punch-downs in open-top fermenters mixed the flavor-rich skins with the juice. Upon completion of primary fermentation, we pressed and transferred the wine to new French oak barrels for in-barrel malolactic fermentation and aging. Because of the uniqueness of the expression of this clonal selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, we treat this wine as a special-lot or single-vineyard wine.

Jeffrey Stambor - Former Winemaker

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.

Former Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

Alcohol % 14.7%
Enclosure Type Cork
Oak Treatment 21 months in French oak, with 100% new barrels.
pH 3.74
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Case Production 286 cases

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