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Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve 2013

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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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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
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 06/22/2016

Four glasses


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

Four glasses


Snooth User: jbechert
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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
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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
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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

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: 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: 2008 01/03/2012

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.


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Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Tight in structure while plush in texture, offering rich plum, dark chocolate, cinnamon, spice and earth flavors that linger deliciously on the long, complex finish mdash; this is one seductive California red. Drink now through 2005. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.


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Vintage: 2008 12/06/2013

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)


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

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.


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