Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Wine SpectatorGushing with berry and new wood character--perhaps a bit too much--but it's rich and powerful, with lots of good tannins and a long finish. Definitely a modern-style Napa Cab.--Georges de Latour Private Reserve vertical. Best after 2006.
Wine AdvocateBeaulieu's flagship, the 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve, exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as aggressive toasty new oak, medium body, and firm tannin. The noticeable acidity exacerbates the firmness and tannic structure. Although very good, possibly excellent, it needs 2-4 years of cellaring. It should keep for 15-20 years. This wine needs more mid-palate as well as additional layers of flavor. Less acidification would open up the wine's texture.