Thursday, April 20, 2006

Beaulieu Vineyards “Beauzeaux” 2001 wine review by (PB)

Patriot’s Day in New England was a beautiful day and spending it at the home of our daughter and son-in-law and grandson was only made better by another great dinner by my daughter. She takes “stuff” out of the fridge and makes exciting appetizers out of it while (NW) wades through his cellar searching for the right pairing of whatever it is we are having.

After artichokes and roasted peppers and other cool “stuff” we sat to dine over grilled steak, grilled tuna and a mushroom risotto. This B.V. red was wonderful. It was gorgeous in color with a jeweled like garnet hue. The bouquet is full of cherries and dried cherries—interesting!

It is big in the mouth with fruit forward immensity full of fresh cherries and dried cherries, black berries and a hint of blueberries—holy cow, and this is without breathing it yet…

This wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Charbono, Syrah, Lagrein, Valdiguie and Touriga Nacionale. I had this wine and reviewed it here June 27, 2005. Go back and read that review to see how wines can change!

After ten minutes of air, licorice notes are coming out with a little chocolate, and a little cinnamon. (NW) paid $26 for this and my comment on tape was “Wow!”

Now what is interesting is that I had the same basic review back in June of 05 as far as the raw elements of the wine but it just didn’t come together in that review. But 10 months later, this wine is wonderful. Maybe my previous review was what some tasters refer to as the “dumb” phase some wines go through. It’s kind of an in between transition of going from a young wine to a mature wine; kind of adolescents when you want to lock your teens away in their room for a couple years. But oh, how they blossom!

Great time, great evening, and a great wine—raise a glass—oh yeah!

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