Quite possibly one of my all time favorites from Napa Valley, the Beau Vigne Juliet delivers on all accounts. First encountered at our 2009 Wine at Wholesales Night at the club, we tasted the 2006 and I couldn't believe how supple and rewarding this wine truly was. And when I sampled the 2008, I immediately bought two cases for the club.
The nose begins with beautiful fruit and cocoa aromas, fruity liqueurs, and overall "an inviting scent that lures you to the sensual vices of the palate." (This is literally what I wrote in my notebook when I was sampling the bottle!) Opening with a very sexy fruit forward taste, the wine develops both power and elegance through its clean and easy mid-palate. There are very dark fruit flavors bursting throughout the glass, with hints of smoke, earth, and tobacco within the luscious and full feel of the wine. The tannins are incredibly structured to add character to the wine, while not too powerful to ensure a silky, smooth finish. This is truly has all the excellence of Napa wrapped into one bottle. And to make the package even better, this is not overly-priced juice. NapaCabs.com has this phenomenal bottle stock, if you are in the market, at $54.95... an incredible deal. My guess is you will find the 2008 Juliet in restaurants at approximately $80 to $100.
A remarkable score and review from Robert Parker: 94 pts... "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet... shows off winemaker Dave Phinney's terrific, sexy, opulent, flamboyant style. Personality-wise, it is more like a 2007 than a 2008... This is one of my favorite unheralded producers in Napa Valley. The wines have off-the-charts richness, great balance, and the potential... to be aged for 20 years or more. There is a striking purity and intensity to these wines that merits serious attention..." Interesting to note that Parker's review lists the composition of the wine at 76% Cab, 6% Merlot, and the rest Cab Franc and Petite Verdot, however, Beau Vigne's website lists the ingredients as 76% Cab 16% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, and 2% Cab Franc. So, I'm going with Beau Vigne's website on the make up of the wine [they made it :)], but irregardless, I love it, and I highly recommend it for any occasion.