Beaulieu Tapestry-Red Reserve-Napa 2006
The 2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry weaves five classic Bordeaux varietals—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec—into an elegant, beautifully balanced wine. First crafted in 1990 as a complement to the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the Reserve Tapestry laces blueberry and Bing cherry through the rich core of blackberry and dark currant, accented by cocoa and toast. In the mouth, the ripe fruit fans out, reaching all points of the palate, and then delves into a long, persistent finish. The tapestry of aromas and flavors apparent in this wine come from handcrafted care from vine to glass. Pre-fermentation maceration, gentle punch-downs and in-barrel malolactic fermentation helped build the layers and nuances of this multidimensional wine. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor then blended the lots into a well-integrated wine that astutely balances intensity and approachability.
amazing aromas of sweet berry fruit with a litte hint of pepper and cinnamon spice underneath. The palate immediately offers a peppery, smoky spiciness while layers of enriching dark fruit appear later. Great structure and finish as well.
BV’s Bordeaux blend. Big & bright. Lots of red fruit in the nose with some smokiness and spice. Powerful fruit flavors with good acid and long finish. Needs more time to integrate
External Reviews for Beaulieu Tapestry-Red Reserve-Napa
Good deep red. Expressive, claret-like aromas of strawberry, raspberry, currant, cherry, tobacco, menthol and spices. Supple and sweet, with good floral lift to the berry and tobacco flavors. Firm acids and rather suave tannins will not get in the way of enjoying this wine now. Winemaker Stambor is doing a lot of the malolactic fermentation of this wine in barrel, and does some stirring of the lees for the cabernet lot.
A terrific wine, delicious and classic in structure. Shows the beauty of the blend, which consists of five Bordeaux varieties. Rich in cherries, blackberries, red currants, chocolate, anise and sandalwood, it has a gentle, elegant mouthfeel, and is thoroughly dry.
A lovely wine, one that winemaker Joel Aiken says is more accessible than Private Reserve, but the tannins suggest ageability. Rich and full-bodied, with black currant, chocolate, coffee and herb flavors. With a steak, it's fine now, but will develop easily for many years.
One of California's pioneering wineries, BV scores big with this Cabernet blend, first introduced with the 1994 vintage. This one's the best Tapestry to date, and a fitting tribute to Beaulieu, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The 2001 Tapestry Reserve, a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, displays more complex aromas of sweet vanillin, black cherries, dusty, loamy soil, and red as well as black currants. It is medium-bodied, elegant, stylish, and best drunk over the next 7-10 years.
The Bordeaux style blend smells and tastes like anything but Bordeaux, proving that similar blends do not produce similar wine if the terroir is different. The barrel influence is strong, as is the herbal quality. Richness on the palate comes to the rescue. There's nice cassis and plum flavors. And the finish is smooth and classy. Only a hint of green at the core holds it back.
The 2006 Proprietary Red Wine Tapestry Reserve (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) is the finest example of this cuvée I have ever tasted. Flowery, licorice-infused, cassis notes intermixed with forest floor and lead pencil shavings are followed by a layered, impressively built wine with real opulence, lots of red and black fruits, low acidity, and lush tannin. It should drink well for 15+ years.
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