Beaulieu Vineyard “Beauzeaux” 2001 (PB)
This creation of the folks at BV shows they definitely have a sense of humor. The name of the wine–pronounced–“BOZO,” dare I say it–tasted “funny.” HAAAAAAAA, I crack myself up. Okay seriously this is a wine that is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Charbono, Syrah, Lagrein, Valdiguie and Touriga Nacionale. I have been studying–not merely tasting wine for about 30 years and I have never even heard of those last three grapes.
Never-the-less, this wild blend has a spicy bouquet (thanks to the Zinfandel no doubt) and a nose with anise hints. The color is deep and dark with more berry and chocolate aromas rising to the surface. In the mouth it has a solid structure with respectable flavors and a little complexity as air opens it up. It has a solid tannin base which should allow it to age for a few more years.
We had this wine in Napa a couple years ago at the BV Vineyards. Finding it in Portland, Maine was a huge eureka as the memories the wine carried were worth the $24 price tag. Honestly though, the wine is over priced which shows how much of enjoying wine is so much more–at times–than just the way it holds up under the scrutiny of our senses.
There’s a value to great memories and for my wife and I, we would have paid even more just for the opportunity to take it home and reminisce.
*Read re-review of this wine April 20, 2006
The folks at BV were far and away the most friendly and fun folks of all the vineyards we visited. If you’re in Napa, Beaulieu is one of the don’t miss places to stop by for a tasting. This wine, at $24 is overpriced as a wine; as a memory of a trip back to California and a great tour of the wine country, it was well worth the price. Now raise a glass!