Wonderful earthy cab with notes of oak and cedar. Shows that Beringer can make a cab with a sense of place and time and not just cookie cutter. Nice fine herbs and black fruit are more Bordeaux like than Napa Cab.
I tasted this wine on June 19, 2007. My notes were very sparse, but here goes: Intriguing nose of oak, dark chocolate, and plum. Tannins were mellowing, slight leather, light mouthfeel, long finish, but not silky smooth.
bold and full bodied
Beringer is well-known for middle of the road wines. The Private Reserve is one of the best Cabs around. I really like the 2003 and know it has lot of time left.
External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve United States Premier
Bright medium ruby. Sexy, complex nose melds currant, black raspberry, dark chocolate, minerals, flowers and incense-like spices. Lush, sweet and tactile, with noteworthy depth and inner-mouth aromatic character to its black fruit, mineral and floral... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml
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Pretty smoky, mocha-scented oak jazzes up the flavor, adding a measure of complexity to the lean band of vanilla-tinted currant, blackberry and mineral. Finishes with a long, persistent aftertaste. Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml
...this is a strong effort in a vintage that was not expected to perform as well as it did. The 2003 appears to have more potential longevity than the 2002. An elegant Cabernet, it reveals abundant notes of chocolate, black cherries, black currants a... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 3000ml
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa exhibits more cassis, earth, and tobacco characteristics than the Knight's Valley as well as a deeper style, good purity and richness, and medium to full body. Again, the overall impression is one of softness with enough wood to provide a pleasant spicy note.
Wine Advocate ReviewThe blend of course is Beringers beautiful 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, always proving that the sum is better than the component parts. Dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet nose of smoked meats, black currant jam, chocolate, pain grille, and espresso roast. Rich, full-bodied, and deep with silky tannin and loads of length and concentration, it should drink well for 15-20 years.
Intense, with a spicy, chalky edge to the dried currant and sage notes. Trim and well-balanced, this is typical of the vintage in its austerity. Drink now through 2012 Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 375ml
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