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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Private Reserve Bancroft Ranch 2004

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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 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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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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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

External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Private Reserve Bancroft Ranch

External Review
Vintage: 1996 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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Vintage: 1996 05/15/2010

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.


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Vintage: 1996 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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Vintage: 1996 05/20/2009

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


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Vintage: 1996 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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