Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
from Napa Valley, California
I love the individual expression of terroir in single-vineyard wines, but the opulence, power and grace of Beringer's Private Reserve can only be achieved by blending. Each of our Napa Valley Vineyards, with its own distinct soil, climate and terrain, has specific character that is elevated in the Private Reserves. It's this
mosaic of single-vineyards that creates wines of uncommon richness, complexity and concentration.
"Production: 10,000 cases; Alcohol: 14.2%; Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Harvest Dates: September 4 to October 10. The 2001 was produced from six vineyards, Chabot, Home, Bancroft Ranch, Rancho del Oso, Quarry and Tre Colline. An early spring with both frost and heat spikes gave vignerons a roller coaster ride early on, but a torrid May and June were followed by a surprisingly cool August and fabulous weather in September and October. The harvest started early for the more precocious terroirs and finished relatively late for the cooler ones. A spectacular effort, the 2001 exhibits a youthful opaque purple color as well as great fruit concentration and intensity. There is a more complete tasting note printed elsewhere in this issue in the article on the 2001 California Cabernet Sauvignons."
The Wine Advocate
"Good full ruby. Complex, very ripe aromas of cassis, minerals, lead pencil and currant leaf. Large-scaled and sweet, with flavors of roasted currant, blackberry and dark chocolate. This is almost too big for the mouth. A California cabernet with superb density and length. Finishes with building tannins and subtle notes of chocolate, mocha and underbrush. This wine is virtually always accessible early, but also has an excellent track record for aging."
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A Customer - South Florida
This is an absolutely exceptional cabernet. Just had a glass with my birthday dinner and even at $16.95 per, could not help but order another. Most certainly a treat. Highly recommended.
A Customer - Washington State
An outstanding cab with excellent compexity and balance. The vast majority of my cab-fearing friends find this wine exceptional. I tend to consume wines soon after purchase and cellar very few. This particular vintage is the wine which launched me fully into a love and advanced appreciation of wine.
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