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Tapistry 1998

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The 1998 Tapestry is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2 % Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Dark ruby in color, the 1998 Tapestry’s aromas evoke scents of black cherry, herbs, vanilla-oak and some black pepper. Medium-full bodied, the wine’s fruit flavors are at the forefront; cherry and blackcurrant, followed by nuances of licorice, dark chocolate and peppercorn.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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"Beau lieu" - A Beautiful Story about a Beautiful Place In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vi... Read more
"Beau lieu" - A Beautiful Story about a Beautiful Place In 1900, when Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France. De Latour quickly made a name for himself by importing Phylloxera-resistant rootstock from Europe to the recently-ravaged fledgling California wine industry. He also began selling wine to the Catholic Church, establishing a strong relationship that would allow Beaulieu Vineyard to become the only Napa Valley winery to remain in business during Prohibition. In fact, during Prohibition the winery increased its business. After the repeal in 1933, de Latour began searching for someone who could contribute European winemaking expertise. In 1938, he traveled to France and returned with André Tchelistcheff, famed viticulturist and enologist who instituted the philosophy of continuous innovation in vineyard and winery to which we remain dedicated today. Tchelistcheff introduced cold fermentation for white wines, malolactic fermentation for reds and aging red wines in small, French oak barrels. He also tasted the de Latour family's private wine-what they called "Private Reserve"-from the 1936 vintage. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine was so distinctive that Tchelistcheff insisted it be bottled and sold as the winery's flagship offering. The result was the inaugural release of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley's first "cult" Cabernet. Today we continue to turn to innovative practices to craft wines in our bold, classic style. We have become a leader in clonal research, and our BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. Most recently we completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of our original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional, wine-the longtime benchmark of Rutherford Cabernet. Read less

Member Reviews for Tapistry

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
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3.50 5
05/15/2009

Light jamminess/plum nose. Chocolate and smoke. Tannic. Nice balanced acid.


Snooth User: jathompson
43069167
4.50 5
07/28/2008

While 98 wasn't so good to California cab, BV exceeded expectation and 10 years later this wine is drinking deliciously. The flavors are distinctly California Cabernet, but focused, clearly defined against and within each other, delivered gently to the nose and the palette. The finish seems infinite and teases the tongue with chocolatey, coffee hints and makes you come back to see if there is yet another secret unraveled in the glass.


Snooth User: glharv
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4.00 5
09/06/2011

Elegant a refined, though flavors have perhaps faded slightly at this point. Opened tight and restrained; benefitted from 20-30 mins of decanting.


Snooth User: ktam12
11818942
4.00 5
01/12/2009

Although the 1998 BV Georges de Latour isn't as impressive as the 94 or 97, it is still a very enjoyable vintage. The wine was very closed upon initial uncorking. However, after an hour or so in the decanter it really opened up and revealed a nice bouquet of fruits, spices, leather and a hint of oak. On the palate, it delivered layers of black currants, cherries, dark plum and coffee. In the glass, it was a dark crimson color. Decanting softened up the tannins to deliver a well balanced wine.


Snooth User: snoop
1780649
4.50 5
05/09/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Tapistry

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01/29/2009

Full ruby-purple black color. The sheer individuality of Clone 6 stands out in the deep, mineral-earthy yet powerfully fruity aroma, redolent of cassis, graphite, black pepper and sweet oak-vanilla. Rich and powerfully fruity on the palate, the wine



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The 1998 Tapestry is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2 % Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Dark ruby in color, the 1998 Tapestry’s aromas evoke scents of black cherry, herbs, vanilla-oak and some black pepper. Medium-full bodied, the wine’s fruit flavors are at the forefront; cherry and blackcurrant, followed by nuances of licorice, dark chocolate and peppercorn.

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic


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