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Vintage 2012
Wine Type Red
Varietal Red Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

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.

92 Points, Wine Advocate

"The  impressive  2012  Reserve  Tapestry,  a  blend  of  Bordeaux  varietals,  is  more  elegant  and  slightly  less  intense  than  the  Private  Reserve.  It  offers  up  sweet  black  cherry fruit notes intermixed with licorice, spice box and dusty, loamy soil under-tones.  Medium  to  full-bodied  and  deep  with  loads  of  ripe  fruit,  low  acidity  and  sweet, velvety tannins, it can be enjoyed over the next decade." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Winemaker's Note

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.

Vineyard Notes

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 sourcing was split between our vineyards in the warmer parts of Carneros and the Rutherford Bench. The Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec came from our estate vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga.

Vintage Note

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.