Wine Advocate | Rating: 89Production: 8,500 cases; Alcohol: 13.9%; Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Harvest Dates: October 23 to November 7.This was one of the latest harvests ever in Napa Valley (because of very cold weather during both spring and summer), and the mountain vineyards took even longer to reach maturity. From the Tre Colline, Chabot and St. Helena Home vineyards as well as tiny components from the Bancroft Ranch and Marston Ranch sites, the 1998 Private Reserve is fully mature, but should keep for another 5-10 years. More French than Napa in style, this earthy, spicy, foresty, herbal-scented wine reveals sweet plum, cola, cedar and mint notes, a healthy dark plum/garnet color, a medium-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of mineral earthiness (a characteristic of this cooler year).Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Ruby-red. Cherry, redcurrant, plum, lead pencil and loam on the nose. Almost magically sweet, deep and lush for the vintage, with spicy red fruit flavors framed by harmonious, ripe acids. At once gentle and gripping. Finishes very long, with big, sweet tannins. Beringer has a lot of fruit sources to draw from for its Private Reserve bottling, and as a result Sbragia has been able to transcend this difficult vintage with a wonderfully sweet, lush cabernet.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2001
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Well-balanced, with a lean, trim core of focused herb and mineral-laced currant and black cherry flavors that firm up on the finish, where the tannins flex their muscles and give a gritty, iodine edge. Slightly better than previously reviewed. 7,500 cases made.Author: James Laube
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.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 90 bottles owned
- 44 collectors