1991 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 1.5L

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1991 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
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Wine Advocate | 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2031
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Score: 95
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/06/2012
Score: 92
Author: jchrisc
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/10/2011
Score:
Author: Chez Fisher
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/20/2010
Drink Dates:
Ready to be drunk.
Score: 91
Author: 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.
More Vintages and Sizes of Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve:

2002 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)

About This Producer


Beringer Vineyards is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. In 2001, the estate was placed on the National Register for Historic Places as a Historic District. Jacob Beringer's foresight in recognizing the quality and potential of grape growing in the Napa Valley is part of the living heritage of Beringer Vineyards . With the present use of state-of-the-art technology applied to age-old traditions, Beringer Vineyards' wines continue to reflect a single-minded dedication to the making of memorable wines from great Napa Valley vineyards.

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