The wine is Beaulieu Vineyards, BV, 2010 BeauRouge, 2009 was the first vintage. I will start by saying this wine is for red meat and if it’s snowing outside, even better. We tasted the wine at PJ’s yesterday and the whole crew loved it, Paul loved it so much he bought pallets of it, yes pallets! Because of that we will be able to offer it a GREAT PRICE, see below.
This “red blend” is; 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Touriga (considered by many to be one Portugal’s finest grapes. It is used in many Ports and could be considered a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the former providing structure, the latter filling out the bouquet.) 2% Tempranillo and 1% Charbono (also known as Bonarda which is the 2nd most widely planted red grape, after Malbec, in Argentina.) Looks like they didn’t over look too many grapes.
When I tasted it I got a bold cassis flavor, pepper, blackberry and chocolate with firm tannins. This wine definitely needs to breathe; I would suggest opening it an hour before drinking.
As far as accolades go it received Silver at the 2014 California State Fair, a Gold Medal at the 2014 Orange County Wine Society, Silver at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and a Bronze at the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition and finally an 89 rating by Antonio Galloni.
The winery suggests a $19.99 price I’ve seen it advertised on line at a few California stores for $13.99 and at many stores for $23.99. We will have it at PJ’s for $12.99 or TWO BOTTLES FOR $20.00, $10.00 A BOTTLE! This is a no brainer, buy a couple and enjoy