BV Coastal Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

According to their website Beaulieu Vineyard, founded in 1900, is “the longest continually operating winery in Napa Valley.”  Evidently, BV founders Georges and Fernande de Latour had a thriving cream of tartar business.  Of course, cream of tartar or potassium bitartrate is a natural byproduct of the winemaking process, crystallizing in the wine casks during fermentation.  It has many important uses – especially in cooking – including as a component of baking powder.  But the de Latours wanted to move up the process chain to making the wines out of which the potassium bitartrate precipitated.  And so they purchased a ranch in Rutherford, CA to begin their winery.  Not only a good vintner but also a wise businessman, Mr. de Latour forged a strong relationship with the Catholic church which kept him in business even during prohibition.  Now some 114 years after it’s beginning, BV continues to produce quality wines with a full complement of offerings – Cabs, Chardonnays, Merlots, Sauvignon Blancs, Port, Pinot Gris, Muscats, and a variety of blends.

Winemaker:  Beaulieu Vineyard
Wine:  Coastal Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  California
Price:  $11.49

Notes:  This coastal Calilfornian was a deep, dark, velvety red in color.  It was medium-bodied with good acidity and fairly light tannins.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  To me the flavors hewed toward the darker side.  I tasted a core of baked blackberries, some pepper, distinct notes of rubber, tea leaf, and a touch of oak.  I liked that it was a bit darker than many inexpensive Cabs.  I would personally have preferred a little more tannin, but I still think it might do very well with casual meat dishes.  In my opinion this is not one for cellaring, so drink up.

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