• Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 97

    Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    97pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    Robert Parker, Jr. feels this Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "always turns out to be Beringer's finest Cabernet Sauvignon". He tastes a lot of them, so he should know. If you're interested in a powerhouse Cabernet from a big name Napa Valley winery which still has 20 years of evolving in it, then this is the wine for you. Get out your favorite decanter and let the wine sit while you prepare Asiago-stuffed dates with bacon and smoked paprika. They will bring out the lovely notes of gentle smoke in the wine. For the entree, think hearty and meaty. If you're thinking classic Cab-and-a-slab, then make it a beautifully simple steak au poivre. Grill it so that bit of char allows the smooth tannins to shine. Braised lamb shanks with leeks, eggplant, red wine and ancho chile will be perfect with the dense, full body of this Private Reserve. Rigatoni with homemade meatballs and a roasted tomato ragu just might bring the house down. Bon apetit winelovers!

    Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate:  "One of the great efforts of recent years, and not surprisingly so, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, a blend of 81% from Howell Mountain, 11% from St. Helena and the rest Calistoga and Mount Veeder. It is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 84% new French oak. At 15.2% natural alcohol, this is a big boy, but also classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with crème de cassis, graphite, licorice, and a touch of spicy oak. Winemaker Laurie Hook, who has since departed as winemaker, really hit a home run with this beauty. The wine could benefit from 7-10 years cellaring and probably last 30 to 40. When all is said and done, this is an instant classic, the wine full-bodied with oodles of crème de cassis, pen ink, graphite and baking spices. It is multi-dimensional, layered, and one of the all-time great Beringer Private Reserves – and there have been many. Drink date: 2023-2066." Mar 2016 

    Winery: "The Beringer reserve vineyards offer Cabernet Sauvignon of such quality that a minimalist approach to winemaking has long defined this special blend. Each vineyard block was vinified and monitored carefully by Laurie, from the moment the fruit came into the winery at Harvest. Laurie used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak (93% new). Each lot was aged for 18 months before selection of the final blend, to allow each vineyard to express the depth of its unique terroir.

    The 2013 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an exceptional expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the best vintages in years. The enticing aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, fresh tobacco, brown spice and sweet mint are profound in the glass. Dense and well-structured, its supple tannins are complemented by notes of espresso, mocha and balanced with a silky and elegant finish."

    Bottle: 750ml, cork
    Varietal: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot
    Alcohol: 15.2% 
    Total Acidity:  5.8g/L 
    pH:  3.92
    Aging: 18 months in new French oak, 84% new
    Region: Napa Valley, California