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Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

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(2002 Vintage) Since 1981, when Winemaster Ed Sbragia first began blending the most expressive components from Beringer’s best vineyards to craft the Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, he and Bob Steinhauer, vineyard manager at the time, worked steadily to identify Napa Valley sites that they thought could be developed into producing the rich, intensely colored and flavored Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that Ed requires for the Private Reserve. In 2002, Ed had six reserve-potential vineyards to draw from, choosing...

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    The with was tawny colored around the edges. Not much fruit left on the nose, mainly oaky and earthy smells. Tasted tired, slightly past it's prime but still good structure and enjoyable. Tasted Aug 2010.

    almost 8 years
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  • Wine Advocate
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: (91-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2002 Vintage) Good full ruby-red. Sexy aromas of currant and dark chocolate. Compellingly sweet and densely packed, with lovely vinosity giving shape to the flavors of dark berries, cedar and minerals. Very fine-grained and very long on the palate, with the tannins perfectly buffered by the wine's material. This wine, mostly from Steinhauer and St. Helena fruit, went into the barrel in January of 2003 and remained there for two years, undisturbed except for a monthly topping-up. Has the balance to offer consid...