I have drank a lot of BV products in the last couple of years, and for the most part all I have to say about them is eh. They are hardly intriguing and definitely not exciting. There are some acceptable products that this producer makes but this wine that I reviewed (below) just stinks; and what's worse is the price. I gave it a 84, which I have to say by my standards was pretty generous, and should have rated it worse perhaps. I'm a pretty conservative in giving high scores to wines, but maybe I wasn't conservative enough in giving this wine a 84. I recommend trying the Tapestry, Rutherford Cab, or the Georges de Latour. But I reviewed the wine nevertheless,....
2004 Beaulieu Vineyards, Cabernet, Napa Valley
Color: Blackish-garnet/blackish-red/very dark brick.
Nose: Dark black fruit, possibly blackberries, after a few swirls I pick up some green bean/asparagus. Big vanilla and oakiness in the back end of nose. Alcohol is ripe and can be detected.
A little spice that smells like pickled jalapenos. Pencil lead.
Taste: Blackberries, black cherries. Black olive. Not much going on in this wine. Falls flat with flavor. Very simple fruit forward, then hollow midpalate, then a little "green" flavor and then
a short finish.
Density: Medium to light bodied.
Notes: Can't really tell if this is just a bad day or this wine just doesn't impress me at all. Falls very short on complexity, flavor profile, and length of finish. The nose is not bad. Table wine
at best. Thank god this didn't cost much. Not much ripe fruit flavors for me, tastes very "green." Could pair well with some meat dishes, but rather buy many other wines at this price point.
Haven't been very impressed with BV products lately (except the Tapestry). Tasting on second day of opening (first day was worse!).
Rating: 84 $15.00