2004 Beaulieu Vineyard "Tapestry Reserve" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1032231 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This blend of all five Bordeaux varieties is consistently one of Beaulieu’s most interesting but overlooked wines. The ’04 is certainly a lovely, polished wine right now, with lush black currant, cherry and smoky oak flavors and a lingering finish.  (12/2007)

90 points Vinous

 Bright, full ruby-red. Ripe but reserved nose offers black fruits, licorice, minerals and violet; comes across as livelier today than the 2004 Private Reserve. Then juicy and savory in the mouth, showing a touch of sweetness and bright framing acidity to the dark fruit, tobacco and mocha flavors. Less suave than the Private Reserve, and more about fruit. Still has a rather firm tannic spine but this blend should evolve and deepen with further bottle aging. (ST) 90+?  (6/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 A full and beefy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, Tapestry is pulled mostly from BV vineyards 1 and 2 in Rutherford, the same sources that provide grapes for BV's Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet. It's spicy and round, with fine tannins worked to a smooth dark-chocolate richness. A smoky red for a steak sizzling off the grill.  (12/2007)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Tapestry Proprietary Red Wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec from estate vineyards. It possesses ethereal elegance and balance along with more red and blue fruit flavors and less oak. Medium-bodied, pure and ripe, it can be drunk now or cellared for another decade. (RP)  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

The Tapestry was first released in 1990 as a complement to the Georges de Latour. It is a classic Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec; elegant and beautifully balanced. Black cherry, brambly blackberry, cassis, dark cocoa, and cedar dominate the nose and palate while 20 months of barrel age in 70% new barrels add warm vanilla nuances (more than half the barrels were French, with the remainder being a blend of American, Hungarian, and Russian). Notably concentrated and richly textured.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5