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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2004
Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2004
(search item no. 92596)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $53.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry weaves five classic varietals — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec — into an elegant, beautifully balanced wine. The deep, expressive aromas and flavors are filled with black cherry, briary blackberry, cassis, dark cocoa and cedar character. Pre-fermentation maceration, gentle punch downs in open-top fermenters and in-barrel malolactic fermentation all contributed to the wine's richly textured flavors.

Beaulieu barrel-aged the wine for 20 months, with 70 percent new barrels, to add warm vanilla nuances. For even more complexity, they used a tapestry of different oak barrels; over half were French, with the balance being American, Hungarian and Russian.

This wine makes a delicious complement to seared duck breast, mesquite grilled steak, filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms or roast lamb.

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About Beaulieu Vineyard:

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's promise as a world-class winemaking region. In 1938, de Latour hired the young Russian-French enologist, Andre Tchelistcheff. Today, Beaulieu continues to turn to innovative practices. Most recently, they completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of their original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine.