2002 Beaulieu Vineyard "Tapestry Reserve" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Wine & Spirits
Floral cherry scents give a light clarity to the aroma of this blend, while dense cherry and darker berry flavors give it a supple, comforting power. The tannins are firm, blackened along the edges, while the fruit remains fresh, hinting at jasmine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It exhibited a deep ruby/purple color (better than I remember from its youth), lots of flesh and fat, and the telltale cassis and wood spice notes of a mature, full-bodied, elegant, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine. This 2002 should drink well for another decade. (RP)
Where Beaulieu’s Private Reserve is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a blend of Bordeaux grapes. It’s softer and smoother than the PR, with a cherry and chocolate undertow to the currant flavor.
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.