Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Vertical Pack
2 bottles each 2013, 2014, 2015 vintages.
Beringer’s flagship wine, Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon truly reflects the best of each vintage and consistently highlights how extraordinary Napa Valley Cabernet is in its purest form. The Beringer reserve vineyards offer Cabernet of such quality that a minimalist approach to winemaking has long defined this blend. With each vintage, the best lots from our reserve vineyards in the Napa Valley are chosen, each of which demonstrate remarkable expression of terroir. Each vineyard is vinified separately and monitored carefully, from the moment the fruit comes into the winery at harvest. Beringer’s extraordinary collection of vineyards is the result of a significant and decades-long relationship between viticulture and winemaking. These sites remain the foundation of Private Reserve, even as the blend evolves based on vintage dynamics. After approximately a year and a half in hand-selected, custom-toasted new French Nevers oak, the final blend is crafted and aged in bottle for one year prior to release.
“One of the great efforts of recent years, and not surprisingly so, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, a blend of 81% from Howell Mountain, 11% from St. Helena and the rest Calistoga and Mount Veeder. It is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 84% new French oak. At 15.2% natural alcohol, this is a big boy, but also classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with crème de cassis, graphite, licorice, and a touch of spicy oak. Winemaker Laurie Hook, who has since departed as winemaker, really hit a home run with this beauty. The wine could benefit from 7-10 years cellaring and probably last 30 to 40. When all is said and done, this is an instant classic, the wine full-bodied with oodles of crème de cassis, pen ink, graphite and baking spices. It is multi-dimensional, layered, and one of the all-time great Beringer Private Reserves – and there have been many.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The flagship is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve and it’s a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec that’s mostly from Howell Mountain, with small lots from St Helena, Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Calistoga. Aged 20 months in 82% new French oak, it sports an inky, opaque color to go with killer notes of blackcurrants, scorched earth, hints of oak, graphite and minerality. Rich, full-bodied and beautifully concentrated, it’s tight and backward, and is more reminiscent of a 2013 than a 2014. It has the purity to drink nicely today, yet needs 4-5 years of cellaring to show its potential” – Jeb Dunnuck, former reviewer for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and now striking out on his own.
“The spice and walnut aromas are so enticing. Undertones of blackberries and black truffles. Full-bodied, dense and layered with fantastic tension and seamless tannins. It goes on for minutes. All about classic structure and beauty. Try in 2021.” – James Suckling