(2011 Vintage) The 2011 Reserve Tapestry is another standout from Beaulieu in a very challenging year. Bright floral notes lead to tobacco, mint, licorice and pine, all in a brilliant, mid-weight wine long on minerality, focus and pure brilliance. This is a very strong showing.
WS 91; ripe, fleshy plum and black cherry with subtle acidity and tannins. slow to unfold but graceful. dusty earth, cedar and black licorice; elegant. now thru '18; 18K cases
a bit of a bite. licorice aftertaste
Wine Buyer(2003 Vintage) 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.
Wine & Spirits(2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine Enthusiast(2004 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) Rich oak and ripeness are met with a broad measure of sweet black cherry fruit first in the aromas and then in the deep, well-composed flavors of this solid, moderately full-bodied offering. There is a puckery edge of latter-palate tannins still to be resolved, but the wine's considerable fruit carries well even at the finish, and a wait of some four to six years seems the sure prescription for genuine success.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1998 Vintage) 79% Cabernet Sauvignon; 17% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot. We count ourselves among the most enthu-siastic fans of the 1997 Tapestry and are more than a little bit disappointed by its successor. There is an early stab at richness delivered by a nice note of sweet oak and suggestions of ripe cherries in both nose and flavors, but those flavors stall out by mid-palate and fade away to a drying finish that is underscored by blunting tannins.