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1991 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 1.5L
1991 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1991 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
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Professional Reviews

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96

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 195

Production: 19,500 cases; Alcohol: 14%; Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc; Harvest Dates: October 12 - November 11 The second largest production of Beringer's Private Reserve, the 1991 came in just behind the 24,000 cases of the 1997. Interestingly, these are among the greatest Private Reserves made, and as Ed Sbragia told me, it was just one of those perfect vintages. One of the longest and coolest growing seasons in the history of California, it was marked by cool temperatures throughout the summer and a perfect Indian Summer. The hang time of the grapes, ranging from the date of flowering to the date of harvest, was historically long (I do not believe it has been equaled since). The Cabernet Sauvignon came from the same three sources as the 1990, Bancroft Ranch, the Home Vineyard in St. Helena, and Chabot Vineyard, and the tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc was from the Bancroft Ranch site. I've enjoyed many bottles of this spectacular effort, which still possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of spring flowers, graphite, loamy soil, creme de cassis, black cherries and blackberries. With sweet tannin, a full-bodied mouthfeel and incredible purity as well as youthfulness, this wine has another 15-20 years of life left in it. If this were a Bordeaux, one would think it was 8-10 years old, not two decades. There are no hard edges, and the seamless integration of all the component parts make it one of the prodigious Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserves to drink now as well as over the next 20 years.

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94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube Issue: Web

Brimming with ripe, complex, youthful juicy plum, black cherry, chocolate, currant and spicy fruit flavors. Very dark color, excellent structure and depth of flavor. Finishes with a long, complex aftertaste. Should last another decade with ease. 14,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

95

taipanli Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 02/06/2012

92

jchrisc Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 03/10/2011

Chez Fisher Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 05/20/2010 Drink Dates:

Ready to be drunk.

91

Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 11/18/2005

Classic cab. Deep ruby color ... Huge nose filled the room with blackcurrant fruit ... plus on closer inspection, oak and just a tad vegetal (a little terroir?). Classic flavor, long finish and plenty of tannic structure. Breathing made it even better. Plenty of time left in this wine. NOTE: corks of both bottles broke halfway out ... plus a lot of sediment. Decanting is a must.

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