Original
234 Ratings
Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley
$51.99 USD
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Wine Details

Style

Red

Wine Description

Aromas of ripe currant, plum and black cherry offer hints of spice, cedar and flowers. Elegant, balanced, complex and polished, finishing with firm tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2003 Vintage) Taste Profile Classic black-ruby color typical of this blend. Ripe, brambly, coffee and black cherry aromas showcase the varietal, while black olive and dark cocoa scents suggest the wine’s Rutherford origin. Medium full-body and firm structure dominant, with the cherry-plum and herb Merlot adding nuance in the finish. Chewy tannins, fine minerality, with vanilla oak-spice adding an elegant touch of sweetness. Pairings: You can enjoy this now with everything from grilled lamb to dry-rubbed baked read more...Taste Profile Classic black-ruby color typical of this blend. Ripe, brambly, coffee and black cherry aromas showcase the varietal, while black olive and dark cocoa scents suggest the wine’s Rutherford origin. Medium full-body and firm structure dominant, with the cherry-plum and herb Merlot adding nuance in the finish. Chewy tannins, fine minerality, with vanilla oak-spice adding an elegant touch of sweetness. Pairings: You can enjoy this now with everything from grilled lamb to dry-rubbed baked salmon. orange dotted line Winemaking All of our Reserve level Cabernet-based wines are vinified in a similar manner. Grapes were hand picked at optimal maturity and crushed into stainless steel fermenting tanks. Fermentation lasted 7-10 days, with peak juice temperatures reaching 85°F. The must was gently pumped over/punched down 2-3 times per day to carefully extract aroma and flavor components. Pressed at dryness, the individual vineyard lots were transferred to a variety of barrels for malolactic fermentation and extended aging. Varietal: 81% Cabernet, 13% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc Appellation: 100% Napa Valley Alcohol: 13.6% Aging Potential: 4-6 years (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    12% Merlot; 4% Cabernet Franc; 2% Malbec; 2% Petit Verdot. Nicely assembled red and black cherry fruit aromas are joined by suggestions of vanilla beans and rich loam, and while this wine has some of the same attractive elements as the bottlings above, it is less complete overall and seemingly less keen in its focus. Its pieces are in good proportion, and a grabby edge of tannin will go away with a bit of bottle age.