In the simplest of terms, the BV Signet is a Merlot's Merlot. The wine is full bodied, exceptionally smooth and mellow, and is likely to please the discriminating palate as easily as that of the novice. The Merlot is deep ruby in color with dark cherry aromas and mild acidity. The wine lingers in the mouth with flavors of dark fruit, black cherry, a tease of vanilla and an intriguing dark chocolate nuance.
BV is, of course, Beaulieu Vineyards, the winery founded by Georges Latour in 1900 that continues to produce exceptional wines bearing his name. Beaulieu, which means beautiful place, survived Prohibition, a feat that makes it the oldest continually operating winery in Napa. Today's BV is corporate (Diageo) but, as the Signet Collection demonstrates, big doesn't always translate into boring, bland, or bleah.
Nicely done history of the winery is here.