Cali Cab from a Legendary Producer at Almost Half Off!

Cali Cab from a Legendary Producer at Almost Half Off!

Posted on Mar, 08. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

The parade of killer closeouts just keeps rolling along. This one I’m especially pleased to be bringing you, since I’m the designated California cheerleader in the Guild and it’s not that often we come across great values in those wines (especially when talking about Cabernet Sauvignon).

Many of you I’m sure are familiar with Beaulieu Vineyards. BV is truly one of the legendary Napa Valley wine brands, with more than a century’s history as a pioneer in the industry. Over this period they have farmed some of the valley’s prime real estate in Rutherford, right in the heart of all the action, and produced from those vineyards the highly regarded Georges de Latour Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (of which the ’85 is truly one of my all-time favorite wines). For many years the GdL was their only reserve wine, but in the early 1990s they expanded the program significantly and introduced a newer, mid-priced reserve bottling called the Tapestry that was a Bordeaux blend to echo the great wines from that region in France.

Now, to be fair, in the early 2000s BV kind of fell off the radar screen of many consumers, as a rapid expansion and series of line extensions took their eye of their core wines and brands. Quality suffered a bit, and while they never made objectively poor wine, the wines they did produce at high prices seemed to have lost their power and soul. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, BV responded by bringing in Michel Rolland, the world’s preeminent wine consultant, and tasked him with rediscovering the greatness that can be achieved out of BV’s unique terroir. The improvement in quality was immediate — Robert Parker immediately sat up and took notice, and the scores and reviews have improved markedly. His comments from his most recent issue:

One of the most dramatic revelations in my California North Coast tastings was the resurrection/renaissance of Beaulieu Vineyard, one of the historic names in California winedom. This was the source of some extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons in the fifties, sixties, and early seventies, but the winery fell on hard times and was sold (it is now owned by the gigantic Diageo company). However, they have come back with a vengeance over the last few vintages. Michel Rolland, the brilliant wine consultant, was brought in to help resurrect the Private Reserve program, and it appears his magic has spilled over onto the other wines as well.

The 2006 Beaulieu Vineyards Tapestry Reserve is a great example of Rolland’s handiwork. Parker was especially impressed in his recent reviews:

The 2006 Proprietary Red Wine Tapestry Reserve (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) is the finest example of this cuvee I have ever tasted. Flowery, licorice-infused, cassis notes intermixed with forest floor and lead pencil shavings are followed by a layered, impressively built wine with real opulence, lots of red and black fruits, low acidity, and lush tannin. It should drink well for 15+ years. 93 points.

When the opportunity to get this wine on closeout arose as the 2007 vintage delivery is imminent, we pounced and took all that the distributor had left. This is a rock solid, high quality California Cabernet from a great producer, and we’re able to offer it to you at the price of an everyday drinker from that region:

2006 Beaulieu Vineyards Tapestry Reserve
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $23.82 • Premier Cru: $24.91 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $45.00
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