234 Ratings
Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

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"The 1999 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a paradigm for the argument that great wines should not be made by recipe. Because of microclimate variations on Howell Mountain in 1999, our Tre Colline Vineyard produced grapes that were riper, with more completely developed aromas, flavors and tannins than Bancroft Ranch, usually a Private Reserve favorite. It was a tough decision, but I ended up making a better wine because of it. The resulting wine has a rich texture, with dense cassis...

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    Crisp clean medium, very good, better than most pinot gris

    over 3 years
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    Too dry. No taste or satisfaction

    almost 2 years
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    almost 4 years
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    Given the spectacular showing of this wine's older brother in our Centerfold tasting, its placing here comes as a complete surprise and an utter disappointment. Brushy, leathery, dry and somewhat muddy in aromatic tone, this expensive bottling goes from supple at entry to harsh and abrasive at the finish, and it never finds a remotely adequate supply of fruit.
  • International Wine Cellar
    Ruby-red. Highly nuanced nose combines currant, plum, smoky oak, minerals, licorice and mint. Wonderfully sweet, sappy and dense. The most complex of these '99 cabernets, with enticing flavors of currant, minerals and brown spices. Very long, slow-building finish features big but sweet and fine tannins. Suave and impressive.
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/2004