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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve 2004
2004 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Rich, dense and chewy, with ripe plum, blackberry, fresh earth and mineral flavors, framed by smoky, cedary oak. Intense and persistent, ending with a mix of cherry and currant fruit. The tannins are firm but ripe. Needs time. Best from 2009 through 2018." 93ptsJL"Medium ruby. Welcoming aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and sexy oak. Lush, layered and sweet, with superb energy and depth to the black raspberry and bitter chocolate flavors. The longest on the aftertaste of these 2004 cabernets, finishing with very suave tannins and lovely aromatic persistence." 94ptsST "A projected blend of the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve indicates it may equal the 2002. A big, dense purple hue is followed by beautiful aromas of toasty oak, white chocolate, creme de cassis, and blackberries, sweet tannin, an opulent mouthfeel, and a long, rich, fleshy mid-palate as well as finish. It should be delicious young, yet age gracefully for 12-15+ years." 92-94ptsRP This is a California Red Wine.
I have enjoyed many vintages of Beringer Reserve Cab and this is very typical of previous vintages. It is an elegant wine - somewhat more like a super-second bordeaux than a top-notch California cab. What always strikes me is the velvety mouth-feel and combination of red and dark berry flavors -- usually with a hint of vanilla. It needs more time in the bottle as it remains tightly wound as of 1/08.
We enjoyed this vintage Before a meal and were very happily surprised. It certainly has a multi-layered complexity with aromas of smokey oak, sage, and blackberry (of course-it's from Napa) and a lingering finish with hints of spicy currant and herbaceous minerality. Remember, the best place to enjoy a good paring is on a train-food just tastes better!
External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve
Rich, dense and chewy, with ripe plum, blackberry, fresh earth and mineral flavors, framed by smoky, cedary oak. Intense and persistent, ending with a mix of cherry and currant fruit. The tannins are firm but ripe. Needs time. Best from 2009 through ... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 1500ml
Thick with savory tannin, this wine tastes important, but the fruit seems to be in eclipse. The flavors are beefy, as if the fruit is sitting into the tannin and the oak. Hard and blunt, this needs cellar time to soften. Beringer Private Reserve is usually at its best ten years from the vintage, though it can often age longer.
Rich and harmonious, offering a bright, supple core of cherry, currant, plum and spice flavors that turns smooth and silky before the fine tannins kick in. Tempting to drink now for all its fresh, young flavors, but has the depth and intensity to go through the decade. Try around 1996.
Laurie Hook blended this wine from a collection of seven vineyards, the majority coming from Howell Mountain's Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer sites (70 percent). The power and dark extract of that mountain fruit are plumped up by juicier notes of plums and fat blackberries, all of it wrapped in the char of oak. A potent vintage of Private Reserve, this is built to age ten years or more.
Ed Sbragia blends this wine from either sites. the Steinhauer Ranch on Howell Mountain made the largest contribution to this vintage (42 percent), followed by the St. Helena Home Ranch (18) and Bancroft Ranch (15). His 2004 shares the lush seamlessness that has long characterized the blend, but it also has a dark savor, with more character to the tannins than has been apparent in past vintages. the saturated fruit has a gunflint edge,, a tight, mineral structure that will develop with age. Serve it with the dark meat of game birds, such as roast squab.
Ruby-red. Highly nuanced nose combines currant, plum, smoky oak, minerals, licorice and mint. Wonderfully sweet, sappy and dense. The most complex of these '99 cabernets, with enticing flavors of currant, minerals and brown spices. Very long, slow-building finish features big but sweet and fine tannins. Suave and impressive.