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Beaulieu Vineyard Bv Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley 2011

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Wine: The low-yields of an exceptional cool vintage gave our 2011 Reserve Tapestry its refined elegance, while five Bordeaux-heritage varietals contributed layer-upon-layer of flavor complexity. This is a wine that shows the artistry of the winemaker. Jeffrey chose Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for the wine’s core of briary blackberry and cassis expression and its firm tannin structure. He then added Merlot for plush mid-palate texture and a hint of cherry. Petit Verdot and Malbec complete the blend with nuances of ripe plum, rose, forest loam and graphite. Vineyard: Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor chose specific blocks of reserve-quality grapes that would give Tapestry the combined attributes of fruit expression and softer tannins for relatively early approachability. He selected half of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot from the famous bench on the west side of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the balance from the Stags Leap District, St. Helena and Calistoga AVAs. The Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec came from our estate vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga. Winemaking: Jeffrey tailored the winemaking for each varietal to best capture the elegant fruit expression from the cool 2011-growing season. Cold soaking of the destemmed grapes, gentle punch-downs in open-top fermentors and in-barrel malolactic fermentation all contributed to this wine’s richly textured flavors. To balance its impressive depth of fruit, floral and mineral expression with toffee and spice nuances, Jeffrey chose to barrel age the wine in 58 percent new oak. Vintage: With meticulous care to the vines during the 2011 vintage, we achieved a small crop of vibrantly flavored grapes. The small yields resulted from an unusually wet winter and spring, which delayed bloom and reduced berry-set. The cooler-than-average growing season made the onset to harvest one of the latest in recent memory. While the cool temperatures presented some challenges that required nerves of steel, we were rewarded by the opportunity to make truly elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with layers of complex flavors. Varietal Composition: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot 5% Malbec 3% Petit Verdot Barrel Aging: 21 months 73% European oak (French and Hungarian) 27% American oak 58% new barrels Alcohol: 13.9% Acidity: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.69 ** Only 10 in Stock **

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Beaulieu Vineyard:
"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

External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Bv Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/11/2015

Wine: The low-yields of an exceptional cool vintage gave our 2011 Reserve Tapestry its refined elegance, while five Bordeaux-heritage varietals contributed layer-upon-layer of flavor complexity. This is a wine that shows the artistry of the winemaker. Jeffrey chose Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for the wine’s core of briary blackberry and cassis expression and its firm tannin structure. He then added Merlot for plush mid-palate texture and a hint of cherry. Petit Verdot and Malbec complete the blend with nuances of ripe plum, rose, forest loam and graphite. Vineyard: Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor chose specific blocks of reserve-quality grapes that would give Tapestry the combined attributes of fruit expression and softer tannins for relatively early approachability. He selected half of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot from the famous bench on the west side of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the balance from the Stags Leap District, St. Helena and Calistoga AVAs. The Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec came from our estate vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga. Winemaking: Jeffrey tailored the winemaking for each varietal to best capture the elegant fruit expression from the cool 2011-growing season. Cold soaking of the destemmed grapes, gentle punch-downs in open-top fermentors and in-barrel malolactic fermentation all contributed to this wine’s richly textured flavors. To balance its impressive depth of fruit, floral and mineral expression with toffee and spice nuances, Jeffrey chose to barrel age the wine in 58 percent new oak. Vintage: With meticulous care to the vines during the 2011 vintage, we achieved a small crop of vibrantly flavored grapes. The small yields resulted from an unusually wet winter and spring, which delayed bloom and reduced berry-set. The cooler-than-average growing season made the onset to harvest one of the latest in recent memory. While the cool temperatures presented some challenges that required nerves of steel, we were rewarded by the opportunity to make truly elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with layers of complex flavors. Varietal Composition: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot 5% Malbec 3% Petit Verdot Barrel Aging: 21 months 73% European oak (French and Hungarian) 27% American oak 58% new barrels Alcohol: 13.9% Acidity: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.69 ** Only 10 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/02/2015

Wine: The low-yields of an exceptional cool vintage gave our 2011 Reserve Tapestry its refined elegance, while five Bordeaux-heritage varietals contributed layer-upon-layer of flavor complexity. This is a wine that shows the artistry of the winemaker. Jeffrey chose Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for the wine’s core of briary blackberry and cassis expression and its firm tannin structure. He then added Merlot for plush mid-palate texture and a hint of cherry. Petit Verdot and Malbec complete the blend with nuances of ripe plum, rose, forest loam and graphite. Vineyard: Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor chose specific blocks of reserve-quality grapes that would give Tapestry the combined attributes of fruit expression and softer tannins for relatively early approachability. He selected half of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot from the famous bench on the west side of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the balance from the Stags Leap District, St. Helena and Calistoga AVAs. The Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec came from our estate vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga. Winemaking: Jeffrey tailored the winemaking for each varietal to best capture the elegant fruit expression from the cool 2011-growing season. Cold soaking of the destemmed grapes, gentle punch-downs in open-top fermentors and in-barrel malolactic fermentation all contributed to this wine’s richly textured flavors. To balance its impressive depth of fruit, floral and mineral expression with toffee and spice nuances, Jeffrey chose to barrel age the wine in 58 percent new oak. Vintage: With meticulous care to the vines during the 2011 vintage, we achieved a small crop of vibrantly flavored grapes. The small yields resulted from an unusually wet winter and spring, which delayed bloom and reduced berry-set. The cooler-than-average growing season made the onset to harvest one of the latest in recent memory. While the cool temperatures presented some challenges that required nerves of steel, we were rewarded by the opportunity to make truly elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with layers of complex flavors. Varietal Composition: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot 5% Malbec 3% Petit Verdot Barrel Aging: 21 months 73% European oak (French and Hungarian) 27% American oak 58% new barrels Alcohol: 13.9% Acidity: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.69



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