2002 Beringer - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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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: Issue 126

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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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: WIFE
Trust Rating: 79
Tasted On: 06/19/2014

0 of 2 people found this review useful.


Rating: 92
Author: Richard N1962
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 03/05/2012

0 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 92
Author: richie g
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/16/2012

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Rating: 92
Author: Patzimaro
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/28/2015

Rating: 92
Author: 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.

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Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

3378 bottles owned by 992 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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