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2016 Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) Tapestry Reserve Red Wine

2016 Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) Tapestry Reserve Red Wine

Costco Notes: None

Left Coast Tasting Notes:

AVA: Napa

Time on Gas: 48 hours +/-

Color: Medium to dark inviting red wine

Nose (aromas): Opening the bottle, there was little to the nose. Some picked up a spiciness, but ever so slight. We found the gassed bottle had very little to no changes from a freshly open bottle.  

Palate (flavors): Pouring the wine from the freshly uncorked bottle we found this bottle to be very tight, allowing a slight taste of cherry and red fruits. This is a light to medium bodied wine, with a disagreeable finish. The second bottle that was opened then gassed delivered oh so very little improvement, with acid on the finish. The fruits were muted, hardly there.

Summary:  These bottles both tasted as if they were exposed to air way too long, with that disagreeable taste.  They were not “corked” and influenced by “Volatile Acidity (VA)”, there was some other challenge to this wine, such as mishandling the case somehow. This is not a typical BV wine.

Rating: As a group, this was a Wednesday at best. 

        2018 James Suckling 93 points
           Vivino 4.2

Value:  Although this wine sells for $20 more through other outlets, the price for what you get is disappointing. 

Grapes: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol:  14.9%       

Costco SKU: 123407

Price: $44.99 less $10.00 instant discount, member price $34.99

Store Location: Danville, CA

Tasting Date: 12/17/2021

Tasting Panel: M.S., M.C., C.P., A.T., B.T., M.A., W.W., C.Y., C.H., B.H.

This review is part of a series of guest posts from Left Coast Wine Bloggers, a great group of wine lovers enjoying and reviewing Costco wines they find on the West Coast. You can read more about them here, and learn more about their rating system. We hope the addition of their wine reviews will expand the geographic coverage of the blog so you can find more of the wines we feature. Cheers.

Lorinc

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Ooops, it's 2017 (not 2016)

Mike Sorensen

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

@Lorinc, I was hoping the case we pulled from was mishandled as I tried to find another source of 2016 without success. BV makes a wonderful collection of wines and having two bottles that did not meet our expectation is unusual. And yes, what a difference a year makes... Cheers Mike

Lorinc

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

I think you just got unlucky with a mishandled case, because I get the all the fruit concentration, mid stength and finish what I would expect from the 91-93 point of california napa cab. At $35 it's a very good value for money. With the high alcohol of 14.9 it's easy to get VA with any bad storage. Purchased in Honolulu, HI Jan, 2022. (I'm no wine expert but I did pass a WSET L3)