Friday, April 21, 2006

Beaulieu Vineyard Beauzeaux 2001 Wine Review (NW)

Big, rich nose of strawberry, then dried fruit and nuts
Dense, fruity core
Rich finish of chocolate, some licorice, and currants

I was nervous about opening this wine. It thought it might disappoint us, so I even devised a back-up plan to avoid ruining the evening. The in-laws were in town for dinner- PB and his wife. With sophisticated palates, I didn't want to let them down.

Well, the wine was a pleasant surprise and exceeded my expectations! It was really quite good, with lots of layers that came together nicely. The winemaker seems to have some fun with this one, blending Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Charbono, Syrah, Lagrein, Valdiguie, and Touriga Nacionale.

For such an interesting wine that's well-made, it's fairly priced at $26. I bought it two years ago in Florida and had it cellared at 55 degrees. It's very nice right now and worth picking up if you can find it. Raise a glass!

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