Considered a superb vintage, the dry, sunny growing season gave our 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. Jeffrey chose Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the wine’s core of briary blackberry and cassis expression and its plush mid-palate structure. He then blended in Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec to complete the blend, which added nuances of ripe plum, rose, forest loam and graphite.
Jeffrey tailored the winemaking for each varietal to best capture the rich fruit expression from the 2012-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.