In 1900 Georges de Latour's wife, Fernande, got her first glimpse of the land that would become their vineyard. She named it "beau lieu," or "beautiful place." Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France.
De Latour originally became famous for one feat: he began selling wine to the Catholic Church, allowing Beaulieu Vineyard to become the only Napa Valley winery to remain in business during Prohibition. It is the oldest continually operating vineyard in Napa. After the repeal in 1933, de Latour began searching for someone who could contribute European winemaking expertise to his operation. In 1938, he traveled to France and returned with famed enologist André Tchelistcheff (statue pictured below). Tchelistcheff introduced cold fermentation for white wines, malolactic fermentation for reds, and aging red wines in small, French oak barrels.
Today, Tchelistcheff’s "House Style" still prevails in the wines. 2012 was considered a superb vintage. The dry, sunny growing season gave the 2012 Reserve Tapestry its opulent, dark-fruit character and plush-textured mouthfeel while five Bordeaux-heritage varietals contributed layer-upon-layer of flavor complexity. This is a wine that shows the artistry of the winemaker.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot comprise the wine's core briary blackberry and cassis expression and its plush mid-palate structure. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec complete the blend with nuances of ripe plum, forest loam, and graphite. This wine will age until 2025. It will benefit from 30 minutes of decanting before enjoyment and will pair perfectly with dry aged steaks, wild game, bleu-veined cheeses, and decadent French sauces like Béarnaise.
This is one of our favorite wines. An older vintage of this same wine was the only red wine served at Ian's younger sister's wedding. That's how much we love it, and our connection to this blend is deeply personal.
Considered a superb vintage, the dry, sunny growing season gave the 2012 Reserve Tapestry its opulent, dark-fruit character and plush-textured mouthfeel while five Bordeaux-heritage varietals contributed layer-upon-layer of flavor complexity. This is a wine that shows the artistry of the winemaker. Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor chose Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the wine’s core briary blackberry and cassis expression and its plush mid-palate structure. He then added Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec to complete the blend with nuances of ripe plum, rose forest loam and graphite.
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor chose specific blocks of reserve-quality grapes that would give Tapestry the combined attributes of fruit expression and softer tannins for relatively early approachability. He selected half of the Cabernet Sauvignon from the famous bench on the west side of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the balance from the Stags Leap District, St. Helena and Calistoga AVAs. The Merlot was split from our vineyards in the warmer parts of Carneros and he Rutherford Bench. The Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec came from our estate vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga.
22 Months Oak Aging:
75% European Oak
25% American Oak
Jeffrey tailored the winemaking for each varietal to best capture the elegant fruit expression from the cool 2011-growing season. Cold soaking of the destemmed grapes, gentle punch-downs in open-top fermentors and in-barrel malolactic fermentation all contributed to this wine’s richly textured flavors. To balance its impressive depth of fruit, floral and mineral expression with toffee and spice nuances, Jeffrey chose to barrel age the wine in 60 percent new oak.
The high-quality 2012 harvest was a winemaker's dream. The relaxed, easy vintage was greatly appreciated after the challengingly cool weather patterns in 2011. Long stretches of sunny days coupled with foggy nights gave our 2012 wines exceptionally rich, expressive flavors and impeccable balance. The ideal growing season-well-timed rains, no frost during bud break, and perfect weather for bloom, berry-set and ripening-was textbook Napa Valley.