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Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve 2013

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A savory take on Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon (72 percent, in a blend with merlot, franc, petit verdot and malbec), this layers scents of roses over plums, prunes and mushrooms. The tannins are chocolate-rich, heady and evolved, giving the wine softness without being overtly sweet. Instead, it’s lean and accommodating to roast lamb.

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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

Member Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve

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Snooth User: XZYMURGIST
16119063
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 06/22/2016

Four glasses


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,406
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 09/23/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: jbechert
576323219
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/18/2011

This wine offers some fruit and complexity but overall I find it a poor value for the price (rating 89)


Snooth User: EMark
8478048,731
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/16/2015

Deep purple color. Very pleasant nose with some caramel, some berry fruit. Very mellow entry on the tongue. Fair amount of rich fruit—blackberry, prune. As the wine passes back, fruitiness declines. Some earthiness, some hint of cinnamon or clove. Tannins are fully resolved. Another easy-to-drink wine. Better than average, but not great.


Snooth User: bj44
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 12/16/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Zephyr
4505370
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 03/06/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve

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Vintage: 2010 06/25/2014

A savory take on Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon (72 percent, in a blend with merlot, franc, petit verdot and malbec), this layers scents of roses over plums, prunes and mushrooms. The tannins are chocolate-rich, heady and evolved, giving the wine softness without being overtly sweet. Instead, it’s lean and accommodating to roast lamb.


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Vintage: 2010 06/25/2014

Glides along, offering an alluring mix of dense, dark blueberry, melted black licorice, grippy loamy earth and tannins that give the flavors traction. Impressive on the finish. This will appeal to those who like to chew on their reds. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2022.


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Vintage: 2010 06/25/2014

The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Tapestry Reserve, a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, is earthy and spicy displaying hints of herbs, underbrush, sweet black currants and oak in the background. It is a medium-bodied, elegant 2010 to drink over the next 10–12 years.


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Vintage: 2008 07/30/2012

Blends ripe, fleshy plum and black cherry flavors with a subtle backbone of acidity and tannins. Slow to unfold, but does so gracefully, revealing dusty earth, cedar and black licorice in an elegant style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018.


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Vintage: 2008 01/10/2013

The 2008 Reserve Tapestry comes across as a bit leaner than the 2009. I have a preference for the 2009 here. Mint, licorice, grilled herbs and plums are some of the notes that linger on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2016.


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Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Having a soft spot for full-bodied Bordeaux blends, Georges de Latour has created a recipe for a shy yet wonderful meritage. Earthy, subtle with plush, ripe cassis and plum flavors linger in your mouth. Beaulieu is French for ldquo;beautiful place;rdquo; this one made for an enchanting evening with Dionysus for me and my loved ones.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

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.


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