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2002 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml
2002 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

($115) 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 considerable early appeal, but this bottling has a long track record for aging gracefully in bottle and surprising with its longevity.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 201

Put them all together and you have the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, a sensational 14,000-case cuvee that is one of the benchmarks for what Napa Valley is capable of achieving. Its dense purple color is followed by copious notes of smoky barbecue, creme de cassis, white chocolate, blackberries, charcoal and truffles. Full-bodied, fleshy and succulent, with sweet tannins in the finish, this 2002 has not yet hit full maturity. Give it another 2-4 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following two decades. I asked the winemaking team what the final blend was for the 2002 Private Reserve, and to the best of their recollection, the largest component was from Steinhauer Ranch (50%), followed by St. Helena Home Ranch (23%) and tiny percentages of Bancroft, Rancho del Oso, Chabot, Marston, and some Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain.

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WS
88

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Quite loamy and earthy, yet there's a savory richness, with dried currant, sage and cedary oak flavors. Excellent balance and persistence. 14,200 cases made.

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Community Reviews

95

WIFE Trust Rating: 79 Tasted On: 06/19/2014

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92

richie g Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 03/16/2012

92

Richard N1962 Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 03/05/2012

92

Bryon Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 08/13/2011 Drink Dates: 2011-2014

Drinking great, good color and ody. Soft from the start, nice balance of fruit and oak. Able to last another 3 years.

93

Yvetzky Tasted On: 07/01/2011 Drink Dates: 2007-2013

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