Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Private Reserve Bancroft Ranch 1996

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Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Ed and his winemaking partner Laurie Hook used gentle pump-over te...

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...reveals more concentration as well as higher tannin than the 1995. I know it is a trade-off, but I suspect this vintage will not be as sexy in i... Read more

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve reveals more concentration as well as higher tannin than the 1995. I know it is a trade-off, but I susp... Read more

Complex aromas of dried currant, anise, herb and tar are rich and elegant on the palate, with the tannins softening. Has excellent structure. The b... Read more

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/15/2011

...reveals more concentration as well as higher tannin than the 1995. I know it is a trade-off, but I suspect this vintage will not be as sexy in its youthfulness as the 1995. The black ruby/purple-colored 1996 offers more licorice, in addition to th... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1996 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml


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Source: Epic Cellars
05/16/2010

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve reveals more concentration as well as higher tannin than the 1995. I know it is a trade-off, but I suspect this vintage will not be as sexy in its youthfulness as the 1995. The black ruby/purple-colored 1996 offers more licorice, in addition to the obvious levels of pain grille, jammy black currant fruit, and spice notes. Structured, full-bodied, and powerful, this may be a Private Reserve to cellar for several years, and consume over the subsequent 15-18.


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

Complex aromas of dried currant, anise, herb and tar are rich and elegant on the palate, with the tannins softening. Has excellent structure. The best of two bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2009. Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1996 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/17/2011

Dark ruby garnet color with a purple core and vibrant purple rim. A classical cabernet perfume lifts from the glass, featuring blackberry and cassis accented by vanilla bean, mocha, and an underlying earthy profile of loamy clay. The palate is vibran... Andy Frieden. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1996 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/21/2009

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... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1996 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml


Winemaker's Notes:

Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Ed and his winemaking partner Laurie Hook used gentle pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak. The wines went through 100% malolactic fermentation for added complexity and softness, and were aged just over two years before Ed selected the blend - 48% Steinhauer Ranch, 23% St. Helena Home Ranch, 8% Marston Vineyard, 7% Bancroft Ranch, 6% Rancho del Oso, and 2% Chabot. Also added to the blend is a touch of Cabernet Franc (6%) from Bancroft and Steinhauer Ranches. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, cedar and dark chocolate transition to rich expressions of black fruit, vanilla and brown spices on the palate as ripe supple tannins linger throughout the extracted and long finish.

Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Ed and his winemaking partner Laurie Hook used gentle pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak. The wines went through 100% malolactic fermentation for added complexity and softness, and were aged just over two years before Ed selected the blend - 48% Steinhauer Ranch, 23% St. Helena Home Ranch, 8% Marston Vineyard, 7% Bancroft Ranch, 6% Rancho del Oso, and 2% Chabot. Also added to the blend is a touch of Cabernet Franc (6%) from Bancroft and Steinhauer Ranches. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, cedar and dark chocolate transition to rich expressions of black fruit, vanilla and brown spices on the palate as ripe supple tannins linger throughout the extracted and long finish.

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