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2002 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

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  • 95 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 44496-2002-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    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.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: William J836
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Patzimaro
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Richard N1962
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: richie g
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: WIFE
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2005-2025
    Author: rphillips26
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2007-2013
    Author: Yvetzky
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Beatiful, very dark inky, full body, sweet and rich, delicious and smooth. Had depth and complexity. One of the best PR drank in recent years. Highly recommended.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2018
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Consumed previously
    Drink Dates: 2005-2014
    Author: mwuerl
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drinking great, good color and ody. Soft from the start, nice balance of fruit and oak. Able to last another 3 years.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2014
    Author: Bryon
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very nice bricking color along the edges and medium body. I thought this wine was very nice, it had strong oak and black berries coming through on the nose with some cedar box and chocolate on the back end. Once opened it never closed up, just stayed open while I enjoyed it. On the front and mid palate it was a mouth coating of creamy red and black berries, very smooth. The back end was well integrated with some nice dark chocolate, sugary spices, and oak/cedar box. Finish was smooth and creamy with just a slight tannin and acid tingle. All in all a very good wine that I am sad to see go, but I enjoyed it very much.
    Author: Schmaltzy
  • Self | Rating: 91

    We drank this with grilled steak on 1/29/08. It had medium heavy legs and a deep vibrant purple color. On the nose was a musty forest floor, mushrooms, spice, vanilla, cherry & raspberry. On the palate were very mellow vanilla, spice, mushroom, raspberry and cherry flavors. The fruit was especially subdued. This is well balanced with ample tannins...very dry and astringent, but not obnoxiously so. It did have a strong mid palate & a good long finish.
    Author: Chip
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

  • 1210 bottles owned
  • 312 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 312 collectors)