Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve 2008
Weaving together five classic varietals, our 2008 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry begins with deep, briary blackberry and cassis character from Cabernet Sauvignon. Velvety black-cherry character comes from a generous blending of Merlot, while Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot add violet, licorice, forest loam and graphite nuances, as well as deep hues and texture. Tapestry elegantly demonstrates the art of blending varietals to create a wine that combines multilayered flavors with supple, graceful tannin structure. Enjoy this opulent wine with full-flavored foods, including roasted lamb or beef and grilled steak smothered in mushrooms.
External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve
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, itrsquo;s fine now, but will develop easily for many 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. Therersquo;s nice cassis and plum flavors. And the finish is smooth and classy. Only a hint of green at the core holds it back.
One of Californiarsquo;s pioneering wineries, BV scores big with this Cabernet blend, first introduced with the 1994 vintage. This onersquo;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 7ndash;10 years.
The 2006 Proprietary Red Wine Tapestry Reserve (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) is the finest example of this cuveacute;e 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.
The goal of blending is to create a wine that has greater complexity than each of its components. Our Reserve Tapestry gives me full rein to blend a unique, richly-layered wine with 5 Bordeaux-style varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Our 2008 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry begins with deep, briary blackberry and cassis character from Cabernet Sauvignon. Velvety black-cherr character comes from a generous blending of Merlot, while Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot add violet, licorice, forest loam and graphite nuances, as well as deep hues and texture. The multi-layered flavors are gracefully framed by a supple, graceful tannin structure. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot. 20 months in 73% French oak, 27% American oak (50% new)
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.