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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2005

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In der Nase Aromen von Kirschen und Brombeeren. Am Gaumen Vanille- und Kräuternoten sowie angenehm weiche Tannine. Der Ausbau in Eichenfässern verleiht diesem Wein einen Hauch von Toast und Eiche.

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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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Member Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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Snooth User: joss
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4.00 5
07/19/2008

Superb Cab Sauv, wonderful, balanced, full-bodied with medium (at opening) to low notes (as it continues to open up). ripe dark fruit flavors of cherries and blackberries, oaky, cocoa, pepper and smokiness. flavor gets better n more complex by the end of the bottle, with smooth finish and very good length. a thoroughly enjoyable wine for such a reasonable price.


Snooth User: fthead9
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3.50 5
07/20/2008

Excellent value, rich but not overly oaky.


Snooth User: aaronapugh
42457109
3.50 5
03/20/2008

Lots of Currant, Cherry on the nose with a vibrant mid palette. Really full. Has a bit of a short finish


Snooth User: vinmok
4435258
3.00 5
02/26/2008

On the nose, it is mediocre. There is a very rich berry aroma to it, but it's nearly overpowered by an oaky/petrol smell. On tasting, however, the oak becomes quite subdued, giving way to berry and spice flavors. Texture-wise, the tannins aren't overpowering, giving it a slightly astringent texture, but a negligible astringency. The aftertaste I like simply because it's not a bad aftertaste. In fact, it's quite mild, lacking really. While this lack of a complex aftertaste isn't necessarily desirable, it is, quite obviously, much better than suffering through a bad aftertaste. As such, I found it quite easy to enjoy another several glasses of this wine without any objections.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
03/22/2010

I loved the nose on this wine - filled with plums, black currants, black cherries and little nuances of cedar. On the palate, varying dark berry fruits pronounce immediately followed by chocolate cocoa, rich tannins, and med+ body, and nice concentration of fruit with that lingering finish of berries.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.50 5
07/05/2009

Bright fruit, touch of smoke and incredibly balanced. Decent acid and smooth silky tannings. Well structured wine that should just improve with age. Very much Napa cab but nicely executed rather than overextracted.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.50 5
07/05/2009

Very good cabernet from a 'major' producer. Smooth and silky with good fruit flavors balanced with acid and tannin. Lovely.


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External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

External Review
07/25/2008

The wine that made Knights Valley famous. This has been even better in recent vintages than when it began, yet it has consistently shown a ripe, soft, appealing style.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe Cabernet Sauvignon, Founders' Estate, contains some petite sirah and was matured for over nine months in French and American oak. It has a light, inviting, very forward nose of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, licorice, and chocolate. Flavors of blackberry and raspberry dominate with the addition of moderate tannins and finish medium-broad and medium-long.


External Review
01/28/2011

(about 60% of the blend is now from Howell Mountain fruit) Good bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, minerals and sweet spices. Lush and creamy, with explosive, fully ripe dark fruit and mineral flavors and terrific back-end lift. Finishes with big, broad, fine-grained tannins and impressive length. The goal here is not to make an early-drinking wine but one with sweet tannins and thoroughly ripe fruit, notes winemaker Laurie Hook, but I find this sexy from the start. Offers richness, concentration and depth while remaining elegant and supple, focusing on the ripe, spicy currant, mineral, herb and sage notes. Ends with a measure of finesse and polish, with the right mix of tannins. Drink now through 2016. 9,709 cases made. -JL There is no doubt that the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is the top wine in the portfolio. Delicious notes of smoky oak, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, and graphite are followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich wine with undeniable elegance and finesse as well as sweet tannins. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. This cuvee usually includes about 5% Cabernet Franc in the blend. I doubt this vintage will turn out to be as impressive as the 2004, 2002, and 2001 Private Reserves. ** Only 11 in Stock **


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
07/07/2011

In his latest issue of The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker wrote up a vertical tasting of Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet and he scored this 2005, 97 points, and calling it "one of my all-time favorite Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserves." ,br>Always one of the best wines out of Napa Valley. Winemaker Ed Sbragia and his team source the best possible fruit from Beringer's top vineyard sites all around Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer Ranch on Howell Mountain as well as St. Helena Home Ranch, Marston and Chabot Ranches. 5% Cabernet Franc is added that also comes from Steinhauer. Multiple 90+ ratings for this one, Steve Tanzer scored it 94 points and said "Knockout nose combines black raspberry, minerals and sweet spices. Lush and creamy, with explosive, fully ripe dark fruit and mineral flavors and terrific back-end lift. Finishes with big, broad, fine-grained tannins and impressive length. The goal here is not to make an early-drinking wine but one with sweet tannins and thoroughly ripe fruit, notes winemaker Laurie Hook, but I find this sexy from the start." Limited!


External Review
12/03/2011

the 2005 is one of my all-time favorite Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserves. A late, long harvest followed a cold summer, late flowering and no heat until September and October. However, the end of the growing season was nearly perfect, hence the late harvest. Winemakers Ed Sbragia and Laurie Hook had the patience to wait for full phenolic maturity, which is evident in this great Private Reserve. Still a baby in terms of development, it is reminiscent of a first or second-growth Pauillac. Celestial notes of black currants, camphor, graphite, cocoa, white chocolate and spice box are all present in this full-bodied, extravagantly rich, multidimensional Cabernet. Although still primary, it is very classic with terrific purity, texture and length. It will need another decade to hit full maturity, but should easily last 15-20 years thereafter. (about 60% of the blend is now from Howell Mountain fruit) Good bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black r...


External Review
04/21/2010

Rubinrote Farbe, Noten die an exotische Gewürze, rote Früchte, Grüntee und Zedernholz erinnern. Am Gaumen, Aromen nach reifen Pflaumen und Kirschen, würzig, vollmundig, und körperreich mit feiner Säure.


External Review
04/21/2010

Granatrote Farbe, Aromen von Holz, schwarzem Pfeffer und Lebkuchengewürz. Am Gaumen gut strukturiert, reich, Aromen von Heidelbeeren, mit einer leichten Tabaknote.


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