Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"A massive youngster, with a fine structure and firm, chewy tannins. Dense and concentrated, only offering glimpses of what lies ahead. Shows dried currant, herb, sage and wild berry flavors."
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