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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve 2004

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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.

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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: RicksPicks
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4.50 5
01/27/2008

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.


Snooth User: Jabasca
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5.00 5
02/20/2010

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

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/09/2011

The final blend for the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve has turned out fabulously. The wines dense purple color is accompanied by a rich, sumptuous bouquet of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, chocolate, toast, and spice box. It possess... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 1500ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

WS: 93 Points RP: 95 Points


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve may not equal the fabulous concentration and intensity of the 2001, but it's not far off the mark. It is a fruit-forward, softer, more flamboyant, already seductive effort displaying gorgeous notes of chocolaty creme de cassis, some spicy, high-quality, toasty oak, a rich, plush, savory, expansive mid-palate, and a long, heady finish with elevated glycerin and plenty of sweet tannin and fruit. This wine is delicious yet promises to age gorgeously for 15-20 years. Ed Sbragia compares it to the 1992 which, by the way, is drinking superbly in 2005, but is one of those rare vintages that has never gone through a closed period. It's always a fascinating education to taste through these component parts, but the resulting blend that Ed Sbragia puts together, the extraordinary Private Reserve, is one of the great Cabernet Sauvignons of California and he has fashioned a succession of beauties since 1991.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Creamy blackberry, cassis, toasty oak and vanilla aromas lead off here. This elegant wine is loaded with additional flavors redolent of licorice, tobacco, spice and dense berries. It's all couched in supple, velvety tannins. Long and lush at the end.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Production: 14,200 cases; Alcohol: 14.2%; Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Harvest Dates: September 21 to October 16. A gorgeous growing season was mild until the end of September when temperatures soared. The results are powerful, concentrated, flamboyant 2002s in Napa. The 2002 Private Reserve is a blend of fruit from Steinhauer Ranch (48%), St. Helena Home Vineyard (23%), Marston Ranch (8%), Bancroft Ranch (7%), Rancho del Oso (6%) and the balance Chabot Vineyard. This exuberant, powerful wine exhibits a dense purple color as well as a wonderful, sexy, earthy, flamboyant bouquet and sweet, fat, fleshy flavors. This is a succulent, classic California fruit bomb offering up spice box, licorice, tobacco leaf, seductive smoky oak, and abundant creme de cassis and blackberry fruit. Viscous, thick and juicy, it appears to be on a relatively fast evolutionary track and can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-15 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


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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.

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