Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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SKU 03728


In 1977, winemaker Myron Nightingale and then Assistant Winemaker Ed Sbragia set out to make the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon possible. They acquired grapes from Lemmon Ranch (later renamed Chabot Vineyard), and immediately knew they had the makings of a distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon. This dark, chewy, robust wine spent 2 years in French oak barrels before winning gold medal as best Cabernet in show at the 1981 Orange County Fair. The limited amount produced was released as Beringer's first Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1986 vintage was later named the #1 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. Today, Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon remains the most prized and revered wine in Beringer's portfolio, and is known for its standard of quality, consistency and balance. After three decades producing these reserve wines, the goal remains unchanged: to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon that Napa Valley can produce.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Beringer
Alcohol/vol 15.2%
  • wa97

Wine AdvocateOne of the great efforts of recent years, and not surprisingly so, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, a blend of 81% from Howell Mountain, 11% from St. Helena and the rest Calistoga and Mount Veeder. It is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 84% new French oak. At 15.2% natural alcohol, this is a big boy, but also classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with crème de cassis, graphite, licorice, and a touch of spicy oak. Winemaker Laurie Hook, who has since departed as winemaker, really hit a home run with this beauty. The wine could benefit from 7-10 years cellaring and probably last 30 to 40. When all is said and done, this is an instant classic, the wine full-bodied with oodles of crème de cassis, pen ink, graphite and baking spices. It is multi-dimensional, layered, and one of the all-time great Beringer Private Reserves - and there have been many.

Robert Parker, March 2016
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorA classic Napa Cabernet in terms of weight, expression, density and proportion, from the initial spicy, seductive mocha, cedar and cigar box scents to the vibrant offering of perfumed currant, cassis, plum and wild berry. Best of all, the finish retains focus, showing tannic strength without overexerting itself. Long and detailed on the finish, this is an ideal candidate for a decade or more of cellaring. Drink now through 2030. 10,000 cases made.

James Laube, 2016