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2012 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2012 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Beaulieu is one of the grande dames of California winemaking – they’ve been producing world-class wines since before most of us were born.   And these folks know how to make cabernet wines – their George LaTour line of $100+ wines consistently garner great reviews.   In the past, they’ve sold their entry level Rutherford cab wines at Costco, along with their mid-priced Tapestry wine.

On occasion, you’ll see this Napa Cab for about $14, but recently, this Napa cab went “on sale” for about $11 — $7 less than you’d pay for this wine at other retailers. This is an excellent value for folks who appreciate or want to learn about Napa cabernet and should be around at this discounted price for most of February.  In our efforts to endeavors to discover (and support) boutique wineries, sometimes we forget that the large corporate wineries know what they are doing and can produce some kick-ass wine at very competitive prices.

Beaulieu is big, but you can taste why they’ve been successful.  Right out of the bottle, this cab has lovely legs, red fruits, (primarily plum and cherry) with almost no tartness.  Full bodied but not too tannic or sweet, with a moderate length finish thanks to just the right amount of oak.

This is a great socializing, dinner wine with light but flavorful taste with great depth, balance and complexity.  When you sip this, you experience what makes Napa cabs so unusual and special.  At $11, you want to buy a case or two of this and enjoy it for the next few years.

–Review by Michael S


Rating:  91

Price: $10.99

Costco Item #: 171928

Purchased at Costco in: San Diego, CA

Joe Roberts

Saturday 30th of January 2016

Agree on the Beaulieu--- classic Napa Valley Cab first made by one of the greatest stories in the history and development of California and Napa winemaking: Andre' Tchelistcheff---- how a Russian emigre' hooked up with George de la Tour to bring premium wine making to the Napa is truly an amazing story.

Felt the same way when you reviewed the Beringer Knights Valley Cab---- year after year a very solid and delicious Cabernet. Easy to overlook with all the new stuff on the market, but that would be a big mistake.

Extra points for readers that know where Knights Valley is.


Saturday 30th of January 2016

Thanks for the comments. The Beringer Knights Cab was a great find and one that I order at restaurants when I'm looking for a quality CA red wine on a budget.


Saturday 30th of January 2016

Looks like Treasury is already making changes to the Beaulieu brand.

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