Rich, noble and absolutely delicious! - WS Grand Tour 2011
Nice and elegantly styled. Good structure and balance. - Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010
Elegant and complex, one of the BEST of the vintages of Private Reserves from Beringer. A great full mouth of dark fruit with a long well structured finish.
External Reviews for Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley
Beringer's Private Reserve Cabernet is always one of the best wines out of Napa Valley. Winemaker Ed Sbragia and his team source the best possible fruit from Beringer's top vineyard sites all around Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer Ranch on Howell Mountain as well as St. Helena Home Ranch, Marston and Chabot Ranches. 2007 was an outstanding vintage and Robert Parker scored it 95 points saying "One of the greatest Private Reserves ever made, it ranks alongside the Private Reserves made in 1991, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2004. Its dense plum/purple color is followed by sweet notes of cassis, licorice, smoke and graphite intermixed with hints of bay leaf and chocolate. Full-bodied and velvety-textured with beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, it is an opulent, full-bodied Cabernet that should drink beautifully for 20 or more years." Limited!!
Creamy blackberry, cassis, toasty oak and vanilla aromas lead off here. This elegant wine is loaded with additional flavors redolent of licorice, tobacco, spice and dense berries. Itrsquo;s all couched in supple, velvety tannins. Long and lush at the end.
This is a big, rich, flashy Cab. Itrsquo;s very ripe, brimming with jammy blackberry, currant, chocolate-covered raisin and spicy olive flavors. Drinks soft and opulent in instant appeal, but doesnrsquo;t seem like a longterm ager. Best now through 2010.
In the hands of winemaker Ed Sbragia, Beringerrsquo;s Private Reserve Cabernet has reached the very highest echelon of Napa Valley wines. Sbragia has access to some of the finest growing sites in the valley, and he blended the ripe fruit for this wine into concentrated cassis flavors and a lush, lovely texture. Beringerrsquo;s Private Reserves are ready upon release, but are often best enjoyed five to ten years from the vintage. If you give this to a friend whorsquo;s just starting a collection, the gift will be remembered for many years to come.
This is an outstanding wine, ripe, and intense, with firm layers of earthy currant, anise, black cherry and plummy flavors framed by tight tannins and spicy, cedary oak notes. Best from 2002 through 2010.
Production: 8,700 cases; Alcohol: 14.4%; Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Harvest Dates: September 14 to October 16. This blend of fruit from Steinhauer Ranch (42%), St. Helena Home Vineyard (18%), Bancroft Ranch (15%), Marston Ranch (11%), and the rest tiny quantities from Chabot Vineyard, Rancho del Oso and Lampyridae emerged from an unusual growing season for Napa. Heavy rains in February were followed by hot weather in March, April and May, and cooler than normal weather in June, July and August. The harvest began early and finished a short four weeks later, an unusually quick harvest. Sweet notes of licorice, cedar wood, blackberries, toast, pepper and bay leaf are all present in this big, full-bodied, opulent, lusty California-styled wine. Exotic with loads of fruit and on a fast evolutionary track, the 2004 can be drunk now or cellared for another 10ndash;15 years.
Complex, and at an ideal drinking stage, with pretty plum, black cherry, currant, anise and spicy notes, finishing with firm, softening tannins and a nice dose of creamy oak. Drink now through 2007.