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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 53502)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Tasting Panel 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
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
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 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:

"Being very selective in both the vineyard, and later in the winery, was the key in 1998. Vineyards had to be picked cluster by cluster, not block by block or even vine by vine. I chose to use lots from our St. Helena Home, Chabot and Tre Colline vineyards as the core of the wine because they had the best depth and complexity. The cool vintage and lingering clouds on Howell Mountain during harvest made it a challenging year up there - I didn't get the consistent richness through all lots of Bancroft the way I normally do. As a result, I was brutally selective in the blending process, using only the lots that were really up to Private Reserve quality. Consequently, I made less than half of our 'normal' PR production." -Ed Sbragia, Winemaster

"Exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a moderately intense bouquet of black currants infused with olive, smoke, licorice, and new oak. Supple, medium-bodied, and surprisingly evolved, with sweet fruit on the mid-palate and in the finish, it is a harmonious, charming offering to enjoy over the next 7-8 years." -Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate December 23, 2000"

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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.