Original Wine Note:
Rains plagued the Napa Valley in March and April and then again in September, but careful selection of the grapes finally harvested during the October Indian Summer redeemed the vintage. The Private Reserve included wines from the Chabot, State Lane, St. Helena Home and Bancroft Ranch vineyards. The blend also included 3 percent Cabernet Franc from Bancroft, and for the first and only time to date, 1 percent of Bancroft Merlot. The wine shows youthful, accessible fruit; it is similar to the 1984 Private Reserve but with more tannins, which are soft and mouth-coating, supporting the sweet red fruit flavors.
2007 Tasting Note:
Been known as a tannic and tough vintage.
Earthy leather, forest floor, roasted artichoke, savory.
Somewhat subdued aromas, but mouthcoating blackberry.
Tannins are a bit dry.
"Complex, and at an ideal drinking stage, with pretty plum, black cherry, currant, anise and spicy notes, finishing with firm, softening tannins and a nice dose of creamy oak.--1989 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2007"
"If you have given up on the 1989 vintage for California Cabernet, think again. Beringer's 1989 Private Reserve is one of the stars of the vintage. Unlike many of the hollow, aggressively tannic 1989s, this dark-colored wine is loaded with rich, chocolatey, blackcurrant fruit, and spicy, toasty oak. Although it reveals harder tannin than is found in the 1990 and 1991, the tannin is not out of balance. This long, rich, full-bodied, impressively-endowed Cabernet Sauvignon will benefit from 2-3 more years of cellaring; it will keep for 15 more years."
The Wine Advocate