For more than 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has been setting the standard for rich, classic Napa Valley wines. Our legacy honors the marriage between state-of-the-art technology and gentle, traditional winemaking methods, a combination that enhances the expression of our remarkable vineyard terroir. Inspired by “the Maestro” himself, famed Beaulieu Vineyard Winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, these limited production wines allow us to experiment with unique varietals, vineyard lots and blends.
The 2019 Touriga Nacional is obsidian-like with an expressive core of dark macerated blackberry, blueberry and violet. Notes of sweet baking spices cross the palate and are followed by dark red raspberry flavors from the light oak integration. With a rich structure that leaves room for bright acidity, the wine finishes with soft, velvety tannins. This unique varietal is not often seen in Napa and will be a fun and surprising find for many.
The Napa Valley region experienced a cool, wet start to the 2019 growing season, which caused the grapes to mature gradually and develop full flavors, vibrant acidity, and superb balance. Wildfires in October did not have an effect on the year’s harvest as the vast majority of the grapes had already been brought in. The resulting 2019 wines are of very high quality, with concentrated flavors and excellent acidity.
Sourced from our historic BV Ranch No. 12, this iconic plot is located in the northern end of the valley in Calistoga, and thus experiences dramatic diurnal temperature swings with hot days and very cool evenings. There is a wide range of soil types in this vineyard and is home to Beaulieu’s most diverse set of vine plantings including Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, and Charbono.
The fruit was harvested in the cool of the morning and brought to the winery where the berries were gently sorted and destemmed. The grapes cold-soaked 5 days to gently ease color and flavor. During the roughly 12-day fermentation, timely pump overs kept the skins in contact with the juice for excellent flavor and tannin extraction. The wine spent 16 months in French oak (40% new)before being blended, giving the final wine tremendous complexity and grace.
Beaulieu Vineyard Winemaker Trevor Durling, presides as only the fifth winemaker in the winery’s 119-year history. A native Californian, Trevor was raised in Sonoma County, the heart of Northern California’s wine country. With a love of agriculture, science and cuisine, Trevor pursued his studies at the University of California Davis in the Viticulture and Enology program. As winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard, Trevor incorporates his passion for creating fine wines, while preserving the heritage and legacy of Beaulieu Vineyard.
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