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Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Winemaker's Notes:

For statisticians, 44% came from the Steinhauer Vineyard, 1% from Bancroft Ranch, 17% from Rancho del Oso, 3% from Chabot, 13% from St. Helena Home Ranch, 0% from Quarry Vineyard, and the balance from Marston Vineyard. Large-scaled yet elegant, it boasts classic notes of creme de cassis, chocolate, and smoky oak. With extraordinary voluptuousness, great concentration, tremendous intensity, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds, this saturated purple-colored, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the greatest wines ever made at Beringer. It is a tribute to the brilliant Ed Sbragia.

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Beringer Vineyards:
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed ... Read more
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed Sbragia continue to draw from over a dozen vineyards to create world-class wines from varying soil compositions and climates. The winery managed to survive, and even thrive, during Prohibition by selling sacramental wines with a federal license. Since the wine was being made for religious purposes, it was legal! A unique aspect of Beringer is the tunnel system that was carved into the side of Spring Mountain around 1880. Chinese immigrant workers, the same workers that helped build the Trans-Continental Railroad, spent years hand-chiseling the 1,200 feet of tunnels. To this day, the tunnels act as a natural insulator, keeping the temperature between 58 and 60 degrees year-round, ideal for storing wine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,479
3.50 5
01/26/2010

This smells like totally typical, straight forward Napa Valley Cabernet. There are leafy edges that frame the cassis fruit and an underlay of toast and spice. With air the nose gains a nice perfume with almost lemongrass vegetal tones and hints of roast coffee beans and candied raspberries. On the palate this is nice and crisp feeling with integrated tannins that give the dark fruit a slightly hard feel. The finish is short and while the fruit is rich this seems like a wine that will never actually mature and the best we can hope for is that it fades away gradually. 88pts


External Reviews for Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/06/2011

Production: 19,500 cases; Alcohol: 14%; Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc; Harvest Dates: October 12 - November 11 The second largest production of Beringer's Private Reserve, the 1991 came in just behind the 24,000 cases of the 199... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1991 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

Brimming with ripe, complex, youthful juicy plum, black cherry, chocolate, currant and spicy fruit flavors. Very dark color, excellent structure and depth of flavor. Finishes with a long, complex aftertaste. Should last another decade with ease... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1991 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 1500ml



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For statisticians, 44% came from the Steinhauer Vineyard, 1% from Bancroft Ranch, 17% from Rancho del Oso, 3% from Chabot, 13% from St. Helena Home Ranch, 0% from Quarry Vineyard, and the balance from Marston Vineyard. Large-scaled yet elegant, it boasts classic notes of creme de cassis, chocolate, and smoky oak. With extraordinary voluptuousness, great concentration, tremendous intensity, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds, this saturated purple-colored, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the greatest wines ever made at Beringer. It is a tribute to the brilliant Ed Sbragia.

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