It is rather surprising that it took till the forth post to get to a California Cab, so it is with great pleasure to open up this specific Cab. This vineyard hold a close place in our hearts. The BV was and is a stand by in the Croft household growing up. It has always served well, and never disappoints. Probably the first time James and I shared a glass of wine was when he gave my father a 1997 BV Cab on my father’s 50th Birthday.
Consumer: Amy and Phil
Name: Beaulieu Vineyards (BV)
Region: Napa Valley, California
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol content: 14.5%
Food pairing: Grilled London Broil with Twice Baked Potatoes and Toasted Pecan, Strawberry, Feta Salad
Color & Appearance:Dark Red
Nose/Aroma: Oak and Cherry
Mouth/Flavors: Black Cherry with ripe plum and hint of chocolate
Rating: (scale of 1 to 10) 7+.
Impressions: While we did give it a seven, we did greatly enjoy the wine. I believe the seven probably comes from overly anticipating the wine and it fell slightly short of what we expected from this California Cab. It started well, with a fantastic, full nose and full body taste. It was missing a little bit of a finish, but it still carried itself well for a California Cab. The London Broil helped complement the wine and brought out the entire spectrum of flavors. However, I do believe that the BV Cab was at its best in the late 90s. James, I bet you would agree. I will continue to drink this wine, but hopefully at $1 or $2 less in price.
Food Pairings: Those that love red meat or a heavy red pasta will find that this winegoes well with them. It is tough to go wrong with a steak, potato and this bottle of wine.