Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2002

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Established in 1876, Beringer has a history of exploring the unique characteristics of fruit from its Napa Valley est...

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drank 5 years after vintage. Oaked, yes, but fruit stood up to it most of the way. A touch flabby, could have benefited from more acids - too muc... Read more

Very nice, not too oak-ey. Smooth, great with dinner. I would definitely buy it again. Read more

Appealing for its supple and easygoing flavors and tasty sweet pear and spicy tropical fruit. Drink now. Read more

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Snooth User: monty1
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3.50 5
10/18/2007

drank 5 years after vintage. Oaked, yes, but fruit stood up to it most of the way. A touch flabby, could have benefited from more acids - too much malolatic??


Snooth User: jenny35sew
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4.00 5
08/07/2007

Very nice, not too oak-ey. Smooth, great with dinner. I would definitely buy it again.


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02/24/2012

Appealing for its supple and easygoing flavors and tasty sweet pear and spicy tropical fruit. Drink now.


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02/24/2012

Nice and fruity, with plenty of ripe flavors and pleasantly oaky shadings. Peaches, pineapples and cream, buttery toast, cinnamonny spices and vanilla mingle together, leading to a sweet, honeyed finish.


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02/24/2012

A sweet, soft, pineapple scented Chardonnay, this delivers the right balance of flavors for chicken satay with peanut sauce.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Established in 1876, Beringer has a history of exploring the unique characteristics of fruit from its Napa Valley estate vineyards. Since 1977, winemaker Edward Sbragia has combined Cabernet Sauvignon from a handful of these select vineyards with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot to make his Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. When one varietal in one vineyard produces outstanding results, Sbragia chooses to bottle it separately. The Beringer’s northernmost Chardonnay vineyards, Gamble Ranch, Big Ranch Road and Yountville Vineyard, are located around the town of Yountville, where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. As harvest approached, Winemaster Ed Sbragia together with Winemaker Laurie Hook worked closely with vineyard manager Jim Frisinger to identify the blocks and rows that had reserve potential. Chardonnay Private Reserve reveals notions of hazelnuts intermixed with honeyed pineapple, poached pears, and toasty oak. Well-made with good acidity, beautiful richness, and a vibrant, long finish, it should drink well for 4-5 years.

Established in 1876, Beringer has a history of exploring the unique characteristics of fruit from its Napa Valley estate vineyards. Since 1977, winemaker Edward Sbragia has combined Cabernet Sauvignon from a handful of these select vineyards with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot to make his Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. When one varietal in one vineyard produces outstanding results, Sbragia chooses to bottle it separately. The Beringer’s northernmost Chardonnay vineyards, Gamble Ranch, Big Ranch Road and Yountville Vineyard, are located around the town of Yountville, where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. As harvest approached, Winemaster Ed Sbragia together with Winemaker Laurie Hook worked closely with vineyard manager Jim Frisinger to identify the blocks and rows that had reserve potential. Chardonnay Private Reserve reveals notions of hazelnuts intermixed with honeyed pineapple, poached pears, and toasty oak. Well-made with good acidity, beautiful richness, and a vibrant, long finish, it should drink well for 4-5 years.

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