Red wine

Beaulieu Vineyard, Tapestry Reserve 2015

RRP £56 per bottle
UK Stockist
93
Tasted on
02/07/2021
Tasted by
Adam Lechmere
Tasted in
London

Beaulieu Vineyard stands supreme in the roll-call of great Napa estates. “Few wineries have played as critical a role in the history of American wine”, Kelli White says in her magisterial Napa Valley Then & Now. She’s referring to BV’s illustrious pedigree, the fact that its founder Georges de Latour enticed the legendary André Tchelistcheff to Napa, and its position on the Rutherford Bench, that fine slope that rises to the Mayacamas range on the west side of the valley – among the world’s most famous vineland. The Tapestry, which sits just below the flagship Georges de Latour in the BV pecking order, is a Bordeaux blend with around half its Cabernet from Rutherford and the rest from Stags Leap District and Coombsville. It opens with a nose of hot earth and sagebrush – chaparral, the dry and evocative Californian garrigue. There’s exceptional freshness, sweet acidity and a fine bite to the tannins, blackberry and blueberry fruit and a lovely persistent finish. A wonderful, perfumed wine, an evocation of Napa, right down to that most expressive of signifiers of place, the elusive sensation of intensely dark chocolate and tang of iron known to aficionados as Rutherford Dust.

Drinking Window
2021 - 2035
Colour
red
Wine Style
Still
Alcohol
15.2%
Country
USA
Region
California
Sub-region
Napa Valley AVA
Bottle size
75cl
Grape Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon (75%)
Merlot
Malbec
Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot