Beaulieu Vineyard

BV Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley Red Blend

9.136 ratings
9.36 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

It is interesting to me how people shy away from the Tapestry in a lot of cases. When you drink this wine young, it’s just ok to good. However, if you get a great vintage (like 97 is) & let it age 20 years in bottle in a temperature controlled environment, you get a very special Napa Cabernet for a small price. When you consider the prices on quality Napa Cabernets at well over $100(s), this is a steal back in 99 for around $25.

The nose reveals a touch of barnyard that mixes into the ruby, liqueured style fruits of; blackberries, dark & slightly sour black cherries, sugar, black plum, poached strawberries, creamed, black raspberries, haunting blueberries, black licorice, light sweet tarry notes, cinnamon, light clove & even lighter nutmeg with vanilla, steeped, fruit teas, mixed berry cola, some red licorice, limestone minerals, fresh & old tobacco, used leather, saddle-wood, light granite, herbaceous notes, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, touch of black pepper with bright, fresh & dry, dark, red, blue, purple florals framed in violets.

The body is round, lush and still somewhat thick. The tannins are round, chewy, tarry and about 60% resolved. This 97 has another 10 years plus ahead with proper storage. Our cork showed some age in terms of feel but, nearly no seepage. It is ruby & lush as it sings over the palate. Shows a touch of barnyard on the palate like the nose that mixes into the ruby, liqueured style fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, gooseberries, olallieberries, dark & slightly sour black cherries, sugar, black plum, poached strawberries, creamed, black raspberries, haunting blueberries, black licorice, light sweet tarry notes, cinnamon, light clove & even lighter nutmeg with vanilla, light burnt caramel, mocha, steeped, fruit teas, mixed berry cola, some red licorice, cognac notes, dark roast coffee, limestone minerals, fresh & old tobacco, used leather, saddle-wood, light granite, herbaceous notes-sage dominate, beautifully, soft dark spices with some palate heat, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, barely moist clay, dry brush, touch of black pepper with bright, fresh & dry, dark, red, blue, purple florals framed in violets. The acidity shows the beauty that nature gave to Napa in 97. The finish is well balanced, nicely polished, an elegant beauty queen that persists on your palate nicely and your mind for months/years down the road.

This wine is far more special on the palate than the technical score I’ve given it.

Photos of; a sunset over the George de Latour Vineyard, the gateway into the BV tasting room on Hwy 29, their tasting room and outside their tasting room & grounds.

It is interesting to me how people shy away from the Tapestry in a lot of cases. When you drink this wine young, it’s just ok to good. However, if you get a great vintage (like 97 is) & let it age 20 years in bottle in a temperature controlled environment, you get a very special Napa Cabernet for a small price. When you consider the prices on quality Napa Cabernets at well over $100(s), this is a steal back in 99 for around $25.

The nose reveals a touch of barnyard that mixes into the ruby, liqueured style fruits of; blackberries, dark & slightly sour black cherries, sugar, black plum, poached strawberries, creamed, black raspberries, haunting blueberries, black licorice, light sweet tarry notes, cinnamon, light clove & even lighter nutmeg with vanilla, steeped, fruit teas, mixed berry cola, some red licorice, limestone minerals, fresh & old tobacco, used leather, saddle-wood, light granite, herbaceous notes, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, touch of black pepper with bright, fresh & dry, dark, red, blue, purple florals framed in violets.

The body is round, lush and still somewhat thick. The tannins are round, chewy, tarry and about 60% resolved. This 97 has another 10 years plus ahead with proper storage. Our cork showed some age in terms of feel but, nearly no seepage. It is ruby & lush as it sings over the palate. Shows a touch of barnyard on the palate like the nose that mixes into the ruby, liqueured style fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, gooseberries, olallieberries, dark & slightly sour black cherries, sugar, black plum, poached strawberries, creamed, black raspberries, haunting blueberries, black licorice, light sweet tarry notes, cinnamon, light clove & even lighter nutmeg with vanilla, light burnt caramel, mocha, steeped, fruit teas, mixed berry cola, some red licorice, cognac notes, dark roast coffee, limestone minerals, fresh & old tobacco, used leather, saddle-wood, light granite, herbaceous notes-sage dominate, beautifully, soft dark spices with some palate heat, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, barely moist clay, dry brush, touch of black pepper with bright, fresh & dry, dark, red, blue, purple florals framed in violets. The acidity shows the beauty that nature gave to Napa in 97. The finish is well balanced, nicely polished, an elegant beauty queen that persists on your palate nicely and your mind for months/years down the road.

This wine is far more special on the palate than the technical score I’ve given it.

Photos of; a sunset over the George de Latour Vineyard, the gateway into the BV tasting room on Hwy 29, their tasting room and outside their tasting room & grounds.

Nov 24th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The finish to opening night always results in either new or old world Cabernet. 2019 is no exception!

The nose reveals, ripe, ruby, slightly stewed & candied fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, blueberries, baked rhubarb, strawberries and dry cranberries. Dark & milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, light vanilla, anise, dry crushed rocks, dark rich, moist soil, steeped tea leaves, dark fruit cola/liqueur, mint, dry herbaceous, bay leaf with fresh, dark, red, blue flowers with violets and hints of lavender.

The body is full and lush. Tannins are well resolved, dark, tarry soft and still has 5-7 plus years of life ahead. The structure, tension, length and balance have hit harmony. She’s an elegant beauty. Ripe, ruby, slightly stewed & candied fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, blueberries, baked rhubarb, Thompson raisins, strawberries and dry cranberries. Dark & milk chocolate, mocha, salted caramel, light vanilla, anise, medium, dark spice, dry underbrush, dry crushed rocks, used expresso grounds, cognac notes, brunt creme brûlée, dark rich, moist soil, limestone, volcanic minerals, steeped tea leaves, dark fruit cola/liqueur, mint, dry herbaceous, bay leaf with fresh, dark, red, blue flowers with violets and hints of lavender. The acidity is excellent. The finish is, elegant, polished, well balanced, harmony fruit & earth, polish and persists on and on.

The right 20 year old BV Tapestries are such a pleasure to sip!

Photos of, night shot of our candle lit backyard, rose bushes and Sofia soaking up the late afternoon sun under our mushroom shaped Japanese Maple.

The finish to opening night always results in either new or old world Cabernet. 2019 is no exception!

The nose reveals, ripe, ruby, slightly stewed & candied fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, blueberries, baked rhubarb, strawberries and dry cranberries. Dark & milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, light vanilla, anise, dry crushed rocks, dark rich, moist soil, steeped tea leaves, dark fruit cola/liqueur, mint, dry herbaceous, bay leaf with fresh, dark, red, blue flowers with violets and hints of lavender.

The body is full and lush. Tannins are well resolved, dark, tarry soft and still has 5-7 plus years of life ahead. The structure, tension, length and balance have hit harmony. She’s an elegant beauty. Ripe, ruby, slightly stewed & candied fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, blueberries, baked rhubarb, Thompson raisins, strawberries and dry cranberries. Dark & milk chocolate, mocha, salted caramel, light vanilla, anise, medium, dark spice, dry underbrush, dry crushed rocks, used expresso grounds, cognac notes, brunt creme brûlée, dark rich, moist soil, limestone, volcanic minerals, steeped tea leaves, dark fruit cola/liqueur, mint, dry herbaceous, bay leaf with fresh, dark, red, blue flowers with violets and hints of lavender. The acidity is excellent. The finish is, elegant, polished, well balanced, harmony fruit & earth, polish and persists on and on.

The right 20 year old BV Tapestries are such a pleasure to sip!

Photos of, night shot of our candle lit backyard, rose bushes and Sofia soaking up the late afternoon sun under our mushroom shaped Japanese Maple.

Jun 1st, 2019
Michael Walker

definitely more austere than more recent years

definitely more austere than more recent years

1 person found it helpfulFeb 1st, 2015
John Ruppert

1997 I think 97 was a big year from wine and if this was a straight cab a ten would be in the making for this double magnum stored nicely. The Tapestry is a mellowed and lighter but because it was a double magnum it held up nicely. Better than the than the seventeen year old cork that fell apart when opening. Thought it was a bust with that but after straining and an hour to breathe not a hint of corky taste. Mellow. Fruit and nice finish. BV did it right.

1997 I think 97 was a big year from wine and if this was a straight cab a ten would be in the making for this double magnum stored nicely. The Tapestry is a mellowed and lighter but because it was a double magnum it held up nicely. Better than the than the seventeen year old cork that fell apart when opening. Thought it was a bust with that but after straining and an hour to breathe not a hint of corky taste. Mellow. Fruit and nice finish. BV did it right.

1 person found it helpfulDec 12th, 2014
Joe Becerra

A fantastic red. Dinner at Archetype in St Helena. Deep flavors and complex. Will age for many more years.

A fantastic red. Dinner at Archetype in St Helena. Deep flavors and complex. Will age for many more years.

Mar 17th, 2017
Jeff Sidwell

Owner Bon! Gourmet

9.2

Super complex back end

Super complex back end

Jun 10th, 2015
Jamie Slone

Past it's prime. But I drank it just the same. I had six bottles originally and always enjoyed each of them. Good memories.

Past it's prime. But I drank it just the same. I had six bottles originally and always enjoyed each of them. Good memories.

Mar 6th, 2016
Michael Mcdermott

Well what a nice surprise! Low neck ullage but little oxidation color in glass. Rope, black currant, barnyard. Strong tannins still. Good for another 5-10?

Well what a nice surprise! Low neck ullage but little oxidation color in glass. Rope, black currant, barnyard. Strong tannins still. Good for another 5-10?

Jul 31st, 2019
Jon Simpson

A bouquet of dark berries, clove, and vanilla, a mouth-filling, full-bodied wine with tastes of black cherry, spice, and a persistent minerality.

A bouquet of dark berries, clove, and vanilla, a mouth-filling, full-bodied wine with tastes of black cherry, spice, and a persistent minerality.

Dec 21st, 2016
Carlos Alba

Our bottle had a rough start. But amazing evolution you can taste or feel went evolving amazing fruit leather, mid acidity

Our bottle had a rough start. But amazing evolution you can taste or feel went evolving amazing fruit leather, mid acidity

Jul 7th, 2016