2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Reserve Napa Valley Cab/Syrah Blend
The 2015 Maestro Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah is a deeply colored wine with vibrant aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, fresh espresso and pepper spice notes. The palate is rich and lush with flavors of juicy, macerated berries, mocha and subtle dried lavender. The tannins are incredibly silky and smooth and the core of bright acidity gives the wine good balance, adding to its overall drinkability now or cellaring for several years. This is an intriguing and unique wine and a blend you don’t often see in the Napa Valley but will be a pleasing discovery for many.
With a generous splash of Syrah, this is a New World interpretation of a Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The Syrah adds unexpected spiciness and juicy, ripe fruit expression. The rich blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon predominate, while Syrah contributes lush blueberry syrup notes and hints of peppery spice. A sweet smoky note from aging in French oak barrels adds complexity. Charming in its youth, this wine will continue to develop complexity with proper bottle aging.
Vintage & Winemaking Notes
Napa Valley received 75% of its normal rainfall in the winter prior to the 2015 harvest but the cumulative effect of four years of drought resulted in a light crop. Fortunately, the vintage made up for the small quantity by yielding outstanding grape quality. The small clusters and dry, warm conditions promoted an early, condensed harvest. The wines of 2015 are highly concentrated with complex flavors and the ability to age.
After hand harvesting, the grapes were immediately brought into the winery. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and cold soaked for 2 to 4 days to gently ease color and flavor. During the 10 to 12-day fermentation, timely pump overs kept the skins in contact with the juice for excellent flavor and tannin extraction. The wine spent 20 months in 50% new oak (a mix of French and Hungarian) before being blended, giving the final wine softened tannins and a smooth mouthfeel.
Varietal Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah
Oak Treatment: 20 months in 50% new oak (a mix of French and Hungarian)
Case Production: 386 cases
Included in the Box
3x 2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Reserve Napa Valley Cab/Syrah Blend
12x 2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Reserve Napa Valley Cab/Syrah Blend
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@karenhynes@rjquillin I bought a three pack last time and it was quickly finished. I’ve reupped for the case this time. It’s good enough I jumped on it, unfortunately I didn’t take any notes besides buy it again. I’d split it with you guys but I’m in the SF Bay Area.
@knlprez I’m out…dry February (because it’s shorter than January!), so nothing leaving the shelves for a while. In the coming weeks/months I’m only going in for a good white (Jana SB!) or an interesting desert wine. The Ped Port should arrive today, though, so we can do that exchange soon
@kylar@sdfreedive I am fine with either 3 or 4 so whatever works best. Happy to PayPal or Venmo now or when I pick up (can also bring ca$h then). I can run down Hillsborough way or we can figure out best arrangement when the wine arrives.
Based on the vintage, the winery, and having tasted a bottle with a friend who bought a case, this is worth buying a case at this price and laying it down. It’s not my normal preferred blend with Cabernet, but it was definitely interesting and has the structure to age nicely. It’s on the hot side, but it seems to be well integrated.
@jlim13 it won’t let me reply to the whisper for some reason. Usually one person buys and tags us via main post in the Houston when it arrives. Use whispers to coordinate contact info, pick ups, and funds. I usually give my cell to text everything once it lands
Immediately upon opening, it was sour/tart cherry, tannin heavy, and a bit one dimensional. The Syrah spice was heavy-handed.
30-45 min later, it was smoother, almost ‘soft’ on the mouth. The vanilla sweetness came through, the spice moved to the swallow, oak on the finish too! Blackberry now, cherry mellowed out to more of black cherry, a tiny hit of black pepper, and the tiniest perception of what I can best describe as ‘fire-place’ (in a nice lingering way).
90 min later, all I can say is that it really all came together, super drinkable, as opposed to distinct unique flavors (tar in front, sweet later on, then spice, etc) in succession – it was now one flowing synchronized, beautiful flavor washing over my palate.
Pretty standard napa cab on the nose throughout for me.
I had two glasses last night and I will have the other two today and I will update as necessary.
I would be proud to bring this to any dinner, any gathering, a gift for any boss, client, friend, etc.
@connorbush I like the last picture. The bottle has three arms, some hair, and an ear.
Thanks for the good review and fun photos, and shirt decor as well. This does sound like a very nice pleasant Napa red, given time open a bit. But once I get up to these prices, I’ll probably be shooting for one of the premium Washington reds, or a fine Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
Sooooo, I was going to pass, had nothing to do with the wine or the price; more or less the space. Let me see, 3 wine fridges full, emergency wine closet take over full, spare bedroom full…but not the closet!!
wilted-respectable-art (All RPM’s fault, well maybe a little deflection here??)
So this just arrived, but I hate to ask this, does UPS or WCC actually tag the top/bottom of the boxes when they ship? This case shipped the entire trip ~ on its top ~ not the bottom where there was more padding /cardboard , and I’ve never had that happen before. Concerned
@deadlyapp this one didn’t, I had a full level of bottles against the top of the box without the cardboard padding, when you receive the box and you already hear bottles hitting each other it’s a sad sign.
@Mattskimz yep, if there’s evidence that means it’s exposed and we’ll replace. if the other bottles don’t have protruding corks or leakage, probably ok. also, go ahead and try the impacted wine, it might still taste good (we’ll replace it anyway).
@deadlyapp i doubt it was our weather (East Coast) but rather the route accross the country it took to get here given the wacky weather the mid west had during the period.
I’m actually surprised it doesn’t happen more often in winter shipping.