Beringer Private Reserve Cabernat 2005
Wonderful Aroma! Great toasty, spicy flavor - if you are an oaky Chardonnay lover you will really like this Chardonnay. Highly recommended!
Generally I really like Beringer Chards. Perhaps a matter of personal preference but I find the fruit overshadowed by the oak and butter in the Sbragia Limited Release (partial malolactic fermentation?). I definitely prefer the "regular" Limited Release Beringer, which I would normally rate 5 stars. This would be 4 stars except it is too darn expensive so there is a value for money component to my rating.
Another big Cali Chard that I adore. First time I sipped it, I enjoyed the ever changing finish, then walked to another room and got an unexpected final note that literally stopped me in my tracks. Thank you Mr. Sbragia, this wine is pure joy.
Love it: it's my wonderful wife's fav
External Reviews for Beringer Private Reserve Cabernat
the 2005 is one of my all-time favorite Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserves. A late, long harvest followed a cold summer, late flowering and no heat until September and October. However, the end of the growing season was nearly perfect, hence the late harvest. Winemakers Ed Sbragia and Laurie Hook had the patience to wait for full phenolic maturity, which is evident in this great Private Reserve. Still a baby in terms of development, it is reminiscent of a first or second-growth Pauillac. Celestial notes of black currants, camphor, graphite, cocoa, white chocolate and spice box are all present in this full-bodied, extravagantly rich, multidimensional Cabernet. Although still primary, it is very classic with terrific purity, texture and length. It will need another decade to hit full maturity, but should easily last 15-20 years thereafter. (about 60% of the blend is now from Howell Mountain fruit) Good bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black r...
More restrained than normal, the 2005 Chardonnay Sbragia Limited Release offers copious quantities of honeyed fruit, full body, a rich, heady mouthfeel, but not the unctuosity normally found in this cuvee. Additionally, the oak is more restrained. Th... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2005 Beringer Chardonnay Sbragia Limited Release 750ml