Happy New Year to all our readers!
I was pretty busy (with my regular job, not food and wine!) last December so I haven’t been able to update the blog as often as I would have liked. Things have eased up a bit, so I hope I’ll be able to post a bit more regularly.
Last November 29, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of Beaulieu Vineyard in Manila. I’m not certain these wines were ever available in Manila as I cannot recall seeing them in the regular retail outlets and the last time I had one was an older vintage (80′s, I think), probably over 5 years ago. This is a bit surprising as Beaulieu (French for “beautiful place”) Vineyard is an immensely important winery and one of the pioneers of the Napa wine industry with a history going back over 100 years. It was the only Napa winery to have survived Prohibition as they were permitted to sell sacramental wine for the Church. They were also the first to produce a “cult” wine, the Georges de la Tour Private Reserve, named after the founder of Beaulieu Vineyard.
Gracing the dinner were JP Santamarina, President of Premier Wine and Spirits, and Jeffrey Stambor, Director of Winemaking for Beaulieu Vineyard.
I understand that Mr. Stambor had a hand in choosing the dishes to be paired with the wines to be presented and the pairings worked quite well. The canapes, in particular, paired wonderfully with the charming and well-priced Chardonnay.
My favorite dishes were the raviolo and scallops which again worked nicely with the Chardonnay.
Aside from the Chardonnay, the BV Reserve Tapestry 2013 also stood out. This is Bordeaux blend with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc. This shows a great deal of black fruit, blackberry and cassis with some softer ripe plum flavors no doubt contributed by the Merlot. The quality of the exceptional 2013 vintage definitely shows here.
Although there was no Georges de Latour Private Reserve available for tasting, a special treat was in store as the appropriately named Rarity was poured. This is a very special selection of the best lots made only in the greatest vintages. In fact, 2013 is only the third time that Rarity has been made. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to go around so it was rather difficult to get a grip on the wine. Wine critic Robert Parker rates it 99 points, so that is a testament to its quality. It was a great privilege for us to get some in Manila, as a check with the BV website shows that the release of this wine is scheduled for February 2017!
Premier Wine and Spirits has been pretty aggressive rolling out their wines so we can expect to see more and more labels from them in the market.
Beaulieu Vineyard wines are available from Premier Wine and Spirits, Inc. Call Isay Miranda-Chateau & Estate Wines Manager at 524-2839/524-2117/524-2165/524-2994