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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve 1995

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Winemaker Ed Sbragia has created this 1995 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by combining the distinctive wines produced from our estate vineyards in the proportions he believes best express the vintage: Bancroft Ranch in the Howell Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) (34 percent), characterized by forward fruit with the classic Cabernet flavor of ripe, sweet cassis (black currant).Tre Colline Vineyard in the Howell Mountain AVA (36 percent), a vineyard that produces dense Cabernet with the aromas and flavors of black and red berries, a slightly earthy note and firm tannins. Chabot Vineyard (19 percent), known for inky, highly structured Cabernet with distinctive flavors of black currant, mint and cedar. And St. Helena Home Vineyard (8 percent), which contributes flavors of berries and black cherries layered with licorice and spice. In the final assemblage, Ed also included 3 percent Cabernet Franc from Tre Colline Vineyard for additional flavor complexity and length on the finish. After a cool, rainy beginning, the 1995 growing season turned out to be excellent in the Napa Valley. Yields were lowered by wet weather that delayed the flowering season and by reduced set. The cool conditions in the evenings and early mornings lengthened the growing season and allowed time for the development of rich flavors and deep colors. "The growing season was long," explained winemaker Ed Sbragia, "but patience brought success." The grapes for this wine were handpicked from October 9 through November 6, as the grapes reached optimal maturities block by block in the selected vineyards. The long harvest period reflects the individual maturation rates in the vineyards' varied soils and microclimates. To preserve the unique character engendered by each vineyard, Ed vinified and aged the fruit from each separately. During fermentation, he pumped the juice over gently for optimal extraction, tasting each of the wines daily until they reached what he considered the peak of color and flavor. He then put the wines into new, custom-toasted, French Nevers oak barrels. "The coopers I work with know exactly what I want," Ed explains, "a soft, caramel/vanilla character that comes from slow toasting over lower temperatures, rather than a smokey quality." Ed aged the wines for nearly 22 months at controlled temperature and humidity levels.

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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

Member Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.00 5
04/06/2010

Deep maroon in the glass and loaded with sediment. Very floral and dark fruit nose. Fuzzy on the palate. Blackberry jam notes with some hints of fig. Not very powerful or complex. A tad vegetal, but not in a bad way. - Tasted at Beringer Private Reserve Tasting at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas 4/5/10


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
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4.50 5
02/25/2009

This sang right out of the bottle! Great deep crimson color. A beautiful nose of cassis, camphor and lilacs. The palate revealed amazing balance and breed, elegance and class. Wow. There were some fresh ground coffee beans, lead pencil shavings and soy all wrapped in a multi-layered dark fruit blanket. A long smooth finish beckons one back for a top-off. Wow. Started fading after an hour and a bit, but what an hour and a bit….This is what Bordeaux can only hope to be :) Did I say Wow?


Snooth User: Happy wine guy
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0.00 5
03/02/2010

WOW!!!! I had just a sip and was so excited about the flavor I dropped the entire bottle on the marble floor...... Please send me an entire case for my inconvenience !!!! My dog is now drunk and humping my leg!!!! Great stuff buddy my girlfriend is drinking from my dogs bowl..... ha Rated number one.... Good stuff


Snooth User: kamikazefowler
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5.00 5
05/03/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve

External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 1995 - Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Magnum - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 1500 ml.


External Review
07/29/2014

Production: 18 000 cases; Alcohol: 13.98%; Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc; Harvest Dates: October 9 to November 16. Made from Bancroft Ranch (34%) Tre Colline (36%) Chabot (19%) and the rest from the St. Helena Home Vineyard the 1995 is not as complex as the 1994 but it is loaded with fruit. Still an adolescent in its development it possesses a dense purple color along with a big sweet bouquet of blackberries and cassis a youthful mouthfeel good acidity full body a


External Review
06/20/2014

Deep ruby. Wild aromas of cassis blackberry meat coffee and menthol. Sweet plush and showy; impressive mouthfilling intensity of flavor. Finishes very long and chocolatey with ripe tannins. Strong juice. 92 points Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
06/20/2014

A tightly wound wine from a classic vintage with a firm band of cedar and spice wrapped around a core of ripe plum blackberry and black cherry. It fans out to reveal hints of olive and smoke firming on the finish. Best from 2002 through 2011. 15 000 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator.


External Review
05/12/2011

Deep ruby. Wild aromas of cassis, blackberry, meat, coffee and menthol. Sweet, plush and showy; impressive mouthfilling intensity of flavor. Finishes very long and chocolatey, with ripe tannins. Strong juice. 92 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1995 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml


External Review
06/20/2014

A dazzling wine. Bursts with black-currant plum blackberry tobacco and olivaceous notes and fine toasty oak. Superb concentration; the fruit is simply fabulous and so are the luscious warm silky tannins. Epitomizes class and elegance. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
01/29/2009

An impression of black currants, red berries and vanilla, which open into mint, cedar and sweet brown spices like nutmeg and allspice. Flavors that are big and explosive, but also balanced, with a finish that goes on forever.



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Winemaker Ed Sbragia has created this 1995 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by combining the distinctive wines produced from our estate vineyards in the proportions he believes best express the vintage: Bancroft Ranch in the Howell Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) (34 percent), characterized by forward fruit with the classic Cabernet flavor of ripe, sweet cassis (black currant).Tre Colline Vineyard in the Howell Mountain AVA (36 percent), a vineyard that produces dense Cabernet with the aromas and flavors of black and red berries, a slightly earthy note and firm tannins. Chabot Vineyard (19 percent), known for inky, highly structured Cabernet with distinctive flavors of black currant, mint and cedar. And St. Helena Home Vineyard (8 percent), which contributes flavors of berries and black cherries layered with licorice and spice. In the final assemblage, Ed also included 3 percent Cabernet Franc from Tre Colline Vineyard for additional flavor complexity and length on the finish. After a cool, rainy beginning, the 1995 growing season turned out to be excellent in the Napa Valley. Yields were lowered by wet weather that delayed the flowering season and by reduced set. The cool conditions in the evenings and early mornings lengthened the growing season and allowed time for the development of rich flavors and deep colors. "The growing season was long," explained winemaker Ed Sbragia, "but patience brought success." The grapes for this wine were handpicked from October 9 through November 6, as the grapes reached optimal maturities block by block in the selected vineyards. The long harvest period reflects the individual maturation rates in the vineyards' varied soils and microclimates. To preserve the unique character engendered by each vineyard, Ed vinified and aged the fruit from each separately. During fermentation, he pumped the juice over gently for optimal extraction, tasting each of the wines daily until they reached what he considered the peak of color and flavor. He then put the wines into new, custom-toasted, French Nevers oak barrels. "The coopers I work with know exactly what I want," Ed explains, "a soft, caramel/vanilla character that comes from slow toasting over lower temperatures, rather than a smokey quality." Ed aged the wines for nearly 22 months at controlled temperature and humidity levels.

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