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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve United States Premier 2003

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2003 vintage red Wine by Beringer Vineyards from California, USA

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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
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Snooth User: John Andrews
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4.00 5
07/05/2009

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.


Snooth User: Randy Hall
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3.50 5
06/11/2008

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.


Snooth User: iceobar
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3.50 5
08/23/2009

bold and full bodied


Snooth User: Big Reds
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4.00 5
02/10/2008

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

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/13/2011

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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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Napa Valley and all other wine from Beringer Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/03/2009

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/07/2011

...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


External Review
10/15/2009

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.


External Review
01/17/2009

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.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/31/2012

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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