2005 Beaulieu Vineyard "Tapestry Reserve" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Wine & Spirits
With the chocolate richness of new oak and the density that has come to define modern Napa Valley’s reds, this wine is still vinous, giving a more classical sense of Cabernet. The structure is tight, the scents of violets, cedar and black olive adding to that traditional impression. It smells earthy, like a vineyard. To decant several hours before roasting venison with blueberries and wild mushrooms.
A blend of all five Bordeaux varieties, the ’05 Tapestry is a soft, rich wine. It’s full-bodied and satiny in red and black cherry, currant, anise and cocoa flavors. Immediately appealing, it should develop well over the next 6–8 years.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Proprietary Red Tapestry Reserve is a blend of virtually all the Bordeaux grape varietals planted in Napa. It is elegant and floral, with spice and black and red currant fruit, medium to full body, good purity and texture. It seems to have approached its plateau of full maturity, but its freshness, concentration and overall equilibrium suggest it should stay there for at least another decade. (RP)
A tight, solid, Bordeaux-like effort, with a trim, complex band of cedar- and herb-scented Cabernet flavors that offer dark berry, tobacco leaf and savory notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.—2005 California Cabernet blind retrospective (September 2015). Drink now through 2019. 25,000 cases made. (Web Only-2015) (JL)
BV's Reserve Tapestry is the wine to drink while waiting for your BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve to age. Made in a softer, more approachable style, the Tapestry weaves together classic Bordeaux varietals -- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec -- for a dark, luscious wine with lots of berry character. Hints of violets, cassis, cocoa and spice round out the picture. Drink now and over the next five years.