“Perfect” 100 Points
“Wow! The aromas to this are really exceptional, with a tangerine edge to the blackcurrants, graphite, lead pencil, flowers and wet earth. It changes all the time. So expressive and refined. Full-bodied with great intensity and depth of fruit. The ultra-fine tannins display millions of layers. The texture on the palate is superb and lasts for minutes. This is the new 1974 George de Latour, which was a legend. Real Napa Valley red here. Drinkable now, to understand it, but truly great in five to six years and onwards. Benchmark.” - James Suckling (5/2022)
#1 Wine Of Year 2022
“Our Wine of the Year 2022 is also a reference point in so many ways. It comes from a long line of great wines from California, and it was first made in 1936 in Napa Valley. Personally, I started drinking this great wine when I was a teenager, receiving an occasional sip from my late father, John Suckling, who collected the wine from the 1960s to 1990s. He even gave me a bottle of the 1962 when I started working at The Wine Spectator in December 1981 and told me to taste and understand it so I “would know about great wine.”
The Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2019 is our Wine of the Year 2022. And not only it is a perfect wine, but it is also a wine that highlights the greatness of so many wines from Napa Valley and the United States from the 2019 vintage. The wine is so filigree in nature, with layers of fine tannins and complex aromas and flavors of currants, tobacco and mahogany. Plus, it has the structure to age beautifully for decades ahead.
I love the way this BV private reserve shows more complexity and finesse even though the pure and bold character is still there. I spoke to BV Chief Winemaker Trevor Durling about it in May in Napa Valley and he said that he had been working toward a more “refined” and “drinkable” BV Private Reserve in recent years to honor the great bottlings of the 1960s and 1970s.” - James Suckling