The diversity of soils and microclimates found in Napa Valley, as well as clones and cultivation techniques, contribute to the personalities of each vineyard. We selected vineyards from the 26-mile-length of the valley, with a focus on our BV® Rutherford and Calistoga ranches. Napa Valley produces only four percent of the grapes grown in California, yet it is known world-wide. Summer?s night fog, rolling up the long, narrow valley from the San Francisco Bay, keeps grape acid levels high while the sunny days yield ripe, rich flavors. This wine shows its Napa Valley appellation with vibrant fruit character and impeccable balance.
The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. He followed up on this belief by planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistant French vines. The Cabernet Sauvignons that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world its first taste of California’s promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938 de Latour hired the young Russo-French enologist Andre Tchelistcheff, who would become California’s most distinguished winemaker. Tchelistcheff’s knowledge of traditional French techniques and willingness to experiment in local conditions brought BV the Grand Sweepstakes Award at the Golden Gate International Exposition, and led to the creation of Napa Valley’s first reserve wine, Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.