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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Original Wine Note:
The 2003 vintage got a late start because of a cool, wet spring. Overall, the weather conditions trended on the cool side, with a very damp April. A warm spell during flowering fueled a growth spurt, but as the season progressed and temperatures moderated, it looked as if harvest would be late. Eight-to-ten very warm days in September helped move development along. The grapes for the 2003 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were handpicked between September 19 and October 28.
2007 Tasting Note:
Fresh fruit pops right now with blackberry, blueberry, cassis and fruit basket like characteristics.
Sweet oak, vanilla and brown spice with brown sugar notes.
Rich, ripe tannins.
Touch of orange zest off the top and hints of mint and cocoa.
"The best wine of this group is the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve. For statisticians, the composition includes 32% from the St. Helena Home Vineyard, 19% from the Steinhauer Ranch, 12% from Marston Vineyard, 12% from Bancroft Ranch, 8% from the Quarry Vineyard, 6% from Rancho del Oso, 6% from Chabot, 3% from Bancroft, and 2% from Steinhauer Ranch. All these grapes were hand-picked between September 19 and October 28. This is a winner that is seemingly just entering its plateau of full maturity. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of black currants, creme de cassis, chocolate fudge, subtle barbecue scents, and hints of lavender, forest floor and tobacco leaf. Full-bodied, rich and dense, it is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, as it has been in just about every vintage. The acidity is relatively low, and the 14.1% alcohol is average for a ripe Napa Cabernet. The pH is 3.71, which is just above average."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright medium ruby. Sexy, complex nose melds currant, black raspberry, dark chocolate, minerals, flowers and incense-like spices. Lush, sweet and tactile, with noteworthy depth and inner-mouth aromatic character to its black fruit, mineral and floral flavors. Ripe acids give this a juicy quality and extend the flavors. The fine tannins dust the tongue and teeth."
International Wine Cellar
No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.
Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster...Read More About Beringer
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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