Red

1996 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2003 - 2008 (Edit)
CT89.8 89 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 60

  • pgb67 wrote: 94 points

    August 19, 2021 - Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines (Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI): This had been gifted to me (along with a bottle of Red Burgundy) with instructions to hold it for 20 years and for some crazy reason I complied. Immediately reminded me of the last 20-year old Napa cab I had a couple years ago because of its wonderful raspberry sherbet mystique – creamy, poignant raspberry notes. So interesting how Napa cabs can age. Oh, and that red burg that I held for 20 years was a dud. Napa>Burg.

  • Somm David T Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 3, 2019 - The BV Tapestry doesn’t show its real self and value until it approaches 20 years. When you open these inside 10 years, it’s an average to very good wine depending on vintage. I’ve said it many times, you simply can’t get this kind of elegance and flat gorgeous complexity with any amount of decanting. You cannot fake or cheat long bottle evolution.

    The one quality I get from this bottling at this age is Cognac with deep caramel flavors.

    The nose reveals, dark currants, deep blackberries, dark liqueur cherries, baked, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, baked rhubarb pie, poached strawberries, anise, heavily steeped tea, limestone minerals, dry, crushed, rock powder, sweet tarriness, soft leather, hints of graphite, dry twig, salted caramel, Cognac, herbaceous notes-bay leaf, dark, rich, turned earth, hints of mushroom, hints of; vanillin, clove, nutmeg, understated, medium, dark spice, saline, peppercorns, dark, red, fresh & withering florals with fields of violets and lavender. Floral heaven and then some!

    The body is round & full. The mouthfeel is gorgeously sexy. The tannins are round, soft but, still show some teeth & tarriness. The structure, tension, length and balance are exquisite and still has at least 5 years of life ahead. It’s magnificently on the other side of its peak. Dark currants, deep blackberries, dark liqueur cherries, baked, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, baked rhubarb pie with golden crust, poached strawberries, kirsch cherries, figs, prunes, dates, anise, heavily steeped tea, limestone minerals, dry, crushed, rock powder, sweet tarriness, soft leather, hints of graphite, dry twig, salted caramel, dark chocolate, Cognac, herbaceous notes-bay leaf, dark, rich, turned earth, hints of mushroom, hints of; vanillin, clove, nutmeg, understated, medium, deep, dark spice with shades of palate heat, saline, peppercorns, dark, red, fresh & withering florals with fields of violets and lavender. The acidity is flat out perfect. The long finish is; extremely well balanced fruit & earth, elegant, gorgeous, sexy, silky, ripe, lush, captivates the whole body, persists until you go to bed and even intrudes on your dreams.

    While 94, no ordinary 94 with its age, complexity & beauty. It’s a WOW wine that rocks your mind, body & soul if you are deeply passionate about wine as I am. You want to slowly sip this all night.

  • gman4commerce wrote: 92 points

    April 6, 2019 - Tremendous wine - properly stored in my cellar from the winery - fruit was amazing, and super smooth - velvety, no tannins. Without a doubt, an older wine, and most anyone would say it's passed it's prime, but for me, it was far from past it's prime. Drank smooth for 2 hours without dropping a beat.

  • grange88 Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 17, 2017 - Wow this was a bottle I have not paid attention to for years in my cellar. Pulled one of three just for fun and I was blown away. The balance is perfect the fruit is big dark plum and cherry with tannins still present. I drank the other two within the week because this wine is drinking to perfection right now.

  • mdipietro wrote: 88 points

    January 21, 2016 - Cork was solid
    Color, brick
    Fruit was decent tannins absent
    Was hoping for more depth and complexity but not a great bottle...
    Maybe an anomaly or it is past its prime

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Beaulieu Vineyard
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Tapestry Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 080696915529, 080696922367, 6016996915529

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  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 494 (51%)
  • Consumed 465 (48%)

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