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...
Without question, the best tasting cab I have ever tasted. It has an uncanny combination of bold fruity flavor with zero acidity. It's incredibly smooth. The only problem with this wine is that I couldn't afford to buy more than one bottle.
very smooth, incredible nose, strong cassis scent, full bodied, mocha. 95 pts.
Divine. At Brian's
Wine AdvocateRating: (91-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
International Wine CellarGood 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...