Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

Our 2014 Tapestry reflects the 2014-growing season with its dense, powerful aromas and flavors, with bold structure. This is a wine that shows the artistry of blending five Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties, which contributed layer-upon-layer of flavor complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon gave the wine its generous core of briary blackberry and cassis expression, while we increased the amount of Merlot this year to tame the tannins and add plush mid-palate texture. Malbec contributed deep plum notes, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot completed the blend with nuances of rose, forest loam and graphite.

James Suckling - 94 Points

“Complex aromas of blackcurrants, tobacco and stones. Some oyster shell. Medium to full body, very fine tannins and a polished, refined, textured finish. A wine that harkens back to its traditions.” – James Suckling

Wine Advocate - 90 Points

“Blended of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot with dollops of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Reserve Tapestry Proprietary Red Wine opens with crème de cassis and blackberry tart notes over hints of menthol, incense and Christmas cake, plus a waft of dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is flamboyant, rich, velvety and seductive, with a lively lift in the mid-palate and a long, spicy finish.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Vintage

Just as harvest began, a dramatic 6.0 earthquake shook Napa Valley awake on August 24. Dry and early is how 2014 will be remembered yet had a silver lining with small, concentrated, high-quality grapes. February’s rains brought total rainfall from low to adequate, helping relieve three years of drought conditions. Warm temperatures promoted early budbreak in spring and accelerated grape maturation. We finished the very compact, plentiful harvest by mid-October and celebrated the vintage’s beautifully ripened grapes.

Winemaking Notes

We tailored the winemaking for each varietal to best capture the personality of both the vintage and specific vineyard block. 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. Aging in 60 percent new oak barrels balanced the wine’s impressive depth of varietal expression with toffee and spiced nuances.
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