I’ve never been to Napa, but I have indulged in a few of their selections. And it’s usually been a good experience.
I don’t believe in accidents or coincidence, so coming back from a recent ski trip a couple of Saturdays ago (1/24/15), I find myself at one of my favorite wine stores, College Square Liquors, in Westminster, MD.
I’ve been fortunate to attend a few of their Saturday tastings and the diversity of their choices is fantastic. Napa Valley, and California in general, have usually been the most represented, among other wines from around the world. But on this day, I discovered a beautiful bottle…
The 2010 BeauRouge from Beaulieu Vineyard is a delicious mix of eight grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon is most prominent, maybe because it’s the fullest of the reds included. The other seven are : Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Tempranillo, Petit Sirah, and two new ones for me – Touriga and Charbono. The latter two I will need to do more research on.
This is a full bodied wine that hits you hard and pulls no punches. The tannins are omnipresent and feel so good on my tongue, and on the inside of my mouth. I know I’m drinking something special. There is the peppery flavor that is so agreeable to my palate. The description states there’s blackberry, chocolate, and cassis, which I could detect, if I try hard enough. Or maybe not at all
In the indoctrination process of Napa Wines, or more complicated blends, maybe this isn’t one of the early ones I should be drinking. But as the old cliche goes, you gotta start somewhere. So I welcome the simple ones and the even more intense blends to come.
When it comes to California wines, it’s a lifelong learning process that I look forward to. I may never learn everything, but I am looking forward to gaining all the knowledge I can. This is going to be a fun ride.
One of the most important things to note is, I got this bottle for only $16.99. This is a good deal. The vineyard’s own website lists it at $32.00. Most retailers, I have looked at online, have it around the $20.00 mark give or take.
I cannot tell you how many great wines I have bought at below cost, that are worth what they are regularly priced. My preference is to buy all my bottles at under $20.00 if I can, with exceptions to the rule. This would be one of those exceptions. I look forward to trying more from Beaulieu. And one day, it will hopefully be a memorable stop when I tour Napa.