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Beringer Private Reserve Tasting with Winemaker Laurie Hook 4/5/10

Posted by VegasOenophile, Apr 7, 2010.

A local Las Vegas retailer sent out an email stating that the first 50 people to respond to the email would be able to take part in a sit down tasting of the 2006 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve and a vertical of other vintages and single vineyard wines.  The exclusive tasting wasguided by Decanter Magazine's Linda Murphy and featuring Winemaker Laurie Hook.

As we arrived, we received pours of the 2007 Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay Private Reserve.  See below for reviews of all wines.

We were seated and given a history of Beringer and its wines from both the perspective of Linda Murphy and Laurie Hook, who began under the tutelage of Ed Sbragia.  We tasted 8 wines altogether.  We began with three older vintages of the Private Reserve cabernet sauvignon, then four single vineyard wines that were part of seven total that comprise the 2006 and finally the 2006 itself. 

It was a great experience to hear the story behind all the wines, the growing seasons, the location of each vineyard and it's unique terrior and the influence those hold over the fruit.  Laurie is friendly, personable and loves to talk and share her experiences in crafting the wines with people and actively asked the thoughts and opinions of the attendees and was gracious with answering people's questions.

Here are my reviews in the order we tasted the wines.

2007 Napa Valley Chardonnay Private Reserve-

1989 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve-

1995 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve-

2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve-

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Home Vineyard-

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Chabot Vineyard-

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauser Vineyard-

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Lampyridae Vineyard-

2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve-

We finished the night with some Nightingale, which was a loely dessert wine.  I had an opportunity to speak briefly with Laurie and Linda and both were friendly, gracious and a pleasure to meet and chat with.  All in all, a great night.  Laurie was even able to help recommend when I might most enjoy my cellared 2002 Private Reserve cab. 

I believe Beringer is a planned visit on my Napa trip in two weeks.  Following this tasting, I do hope so!


Reply by John Andrews, Apr 7, 2010.

That sounds like a great night.  Thanks for sharing the experience.  Having visited Beringer in the last year or so I do highly recommend dropping in there.  I only did the tasting in the reserve room and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

By the way, Ed Sbragia has his own label now in Dry Creek. The wines there are pretty good too. Check out the website at:

Reply by VegasOenophile, Apr 7, 2010.

I visited Sbragia in September.  I remember being weirded out by all the accolades at the facility praising the zins, most of which I really disliked.  The other varietals were nice though.

Reply by John Andrews, Apr 7, 2010.

I gotta agree with you there ... not a big fan of the Zins but definitely liked the other wines. 

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 7, 2010.

Very cool. Some really interesting wines there. The private reserve cab has always been a winner.



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