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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
(search item no. 20427)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1993 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1987 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1978 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Original Wine Note: Since I began combining Cabernets from several vineyards for this reserve wine, now almost 20 years ago, Ive been citing the expression, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In this vintage, the wine gives extra proof of that. Each vineyards Cabernet had its characteristic flavors, and the French oak barrels added their own notes, so the wine began with the classic notes of ripe cherries, cassis, light minty herbs, vanilla, spice and toasty oak. But it also has a whole other dimension of aromas and flavors: hints of cocoa, roasted coffee beans, even tobacco and licorice. In the nose and in the mouth, this wine just keeps revealing itself. Uncovering these layers is part of the magic of making and drinking wine, and one of the reasons my job is endlessly fascinating. -Ed Sbragia, Winemaster. 2007 Tasting Note:
Lots of cocoa, cedar, brown sugar, blackberry & sweet spices. Sweet tobacco and mint, with candied violets, vanilla. Luscious, long, rich finish. Pretty fruit and elegant.
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About Beringer Vineyards:

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 Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.