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2015 Beaulieu Vineyard "Tapestry Reserve" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1440635 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Lots of ripe fruit with very fine tannins and a juicy mouthfeel. Medium to full body, polished and round texture and a flavorful finish. Soft with lots of flavor. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2015 Reserve Tapestry Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aged in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak (60% new) for 22 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color and quite a toasty nose to begin, giving way to a beautiful perfume of roses and lilacs with a core of cassis, redcurrant jelly and blackberry tart plus a touch of cedar chest. Full, velvety and seductive, it delivers layers of perfumed red and black fruit with a very long finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Reserve Tapestry is soft, pliant and supple, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Sweet red cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and dried flowers are all laced together in this racy, super-expressive blend from BV. The Cabernet Sauvignon-based Tapestry is one of the hidden gems in the range. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A step up in price, the 2015 Red Blend Tapestry checks in as 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all aged in 60% new barrels. It offers a more vibrant bouquet of crème de cassis, damp forest floor, spring flowers, and subtle oak as well as a rich, medium to full-bodied, concentrated style on the palate. It's a step up over the 2014 and is a rocking Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy over the coming decade or so. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Takes a bright and relatively fresh approach, with raspberry and plum coulis flavors racing through first, backed by a plumper feel on the back end, showing notes of anise, mocha and briar. Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2026. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Our 2015 Tapestry is a true reflection of the exceptional 2015 growing season with its expressive, vibrant aromas and flavors, along with incredible structure, layered with an underscore of bright acidity that makes this wine incredibly approachable. This is a wine that shows the artistry of blending five Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties grown within the Napa Valley, which contribute layer-upon-layer of flavor complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon imparts a generous core of juicy wild blackberry, dark blueberry cobbler, and cassis, while the Merlot shows a brighter, riper dark cherry fruit character. The Merlot also softens the tannins and adds plushness and texture on the generous and pleasing mouthfeel. Malbec contributed dark plum and briary blackberry notes, while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot completed the blend with broad nuances of violet, wild sage, and anise seed. Well integrated notes of graham cracker crust and gingerbread also tantalize your senses from the toasted oak spices – having been aged in new French oak barrels – which heighten the aromas and linger on the finish. We chose specific blocks of reserve-quality grapes that would give Tapestry the combined attributes of fruit expression and softer tannins for relatively early approachability. Half of the fruit was grown on the famous western benchlands of the Rutherford and the balance from the Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Coombsville and St. Helena."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2020 | Send Email
I remember just a few years back tasting through a big lineup of BV wines and thinking to myself what an exceptional value the Tapestry Reserve was not only within that particular lineup, but in wider context of Napa Cab and Bordeaux Blends. It stood up very favorably to some of the much more expensive wines in the tasting and had a real open, expressive "drinkability" factor. So recently when I was offered a screaming deal on BVs 2015 Tapestry I jumped on it. I believe the strength of the wine lies in very concept that gives it it's name: Tapestry. The wine, whilst predominantly based on Rutherford Bench grown Cabernet Sauvignon, also allows the winemaker to blend in other Bordeaux varietals and fruit from other vineyards across the length and breadth of the valley. This allows him to weave a complex, beautifully balanced wine of layered nuance and great depth. Need a little more dark fruit, add some Cab from Stags' Leap. Need to soften the tannin, add some Merlot from St. Helena. They very concept of this blending process combined with BV's extensive vineyard holdings really allows for this wine to show the best of any given vintage.

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