Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
The 2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry weaves together five classic varietals into an opulent, complex wine. The deep, expressive aromas and flavors offer generous layers of black cherry, briary blackberry and cassis character. Enticing floral, licorice, forest loam and graphite nuances are revealed as the aromas open and the flavors expand across the velvety palate. Tapestry elegantly demonstrates the art of blending varietals to create a wine that combines lush, multilayered flavors with supple, graceful tannin structure.
Varietal Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Wine Spectator - "Shows excellent structure, intensity, depth and concentration, with a mix of spice, dried currant, blackberry, mocha, cedar and licorice. Full-bodied, at points rustic and chewy, yet also elegant and refined, ending with earthy graphite tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2011 through 2020. 18,901 cases made."
Wine Enthusiast - "Made from all five classic Bordeaux varieties, this is a rich, softly tannic and delicious wine. It brims with jammy blackberry, dark chocolate and sweet cedar flavors in a sweetly chewy texture that hints at further ageability. Drink now-2015."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Reserve Tapestry, a proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, reveals gracious, reserved notes of blue, red and black fruits, licorice, underbrush, forest floor and background oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied, elegant and still young and reserved. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15-20."
Wine & Spirits - "A tightly built, relatively cool-climate style, this blend is mainly cabernet sauvignon (81 percent) with smaller amounts of four Bordeaux varieties (merlot, franc, malbec and petit verdot). The fruit is rich without any excess weight, the tannins yielding a mineral warmth. This is an earthy, savory red to serve with roast lamb."
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Beaulieu Vineyard Winery
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. View all Beaulieu Vineyard Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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14 ratings, 8 with reviewsRed w/Attitude - Miami, FL512/9/2010
This is a classic Bordeaux blend from BV. Dark ruby color and slightly opaque. Good nose with mild black raspberry and just a hint of menthol and black cherry. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, balanced, and definitely fruit forward. The flavor was spicy, with black cherry, raspberry and mild black pepper. It had a prolonged (slightly dry) finish with relatively soft tannins. Definitely a great wine....I highly recommend it!Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL412/16/2010I guess I like this wine so much I forgot I had already reviewed it!! It's definitely a "must try". Great for the price. Fruity, Spicy Nose, Smooth on the palate, soft tannins, nice lingering finish! I highly recommend it!jake2 - Fairfield, OH44/11/2013great wine, a bit pricey410/2/2012Glenn Harkabus - Palos Heights, IL31/10/201151/14/2012wine educator - Newport, OR56/17/2011Great wine! Color, nose, mouth-feel, finish - It all comes together and can be enjoyed now or later.43/30/201141/4/2011The wine opened up really well after a while in the glass. Lots of fruit, well balanced and long finish Enjoyed it.51/4/2011Bought this at Costco for $35. Went back the next day and it was all gone. Should have bought a half case at least. Out of my price range normally. Decant for half hour. Try to maintain 60 degrees. These things increase your experience two fold on this bottle. Drinks like an $80 - $100 bottle.312/24/2010Excellent body and deep rich purple color with wonderful fruit forward flavors.412/21/2010Spicy...but with good balance.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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