Beringer Vineyards Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

$149.99

97 Points Parker - limited                                        Limited Reserve Cabernet from Beringer.  One of the top-rated Cabs of the stellar 2013 vintage. 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:  "One 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.... ...For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and 2013 for the whites, is one of the strongest I have tasted with them. That is reassuring when you consider the enormous size of the umbrella Treasury Estates that owns Beringer."                                                                                        

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Ratings on Delectable

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

A nice cab, but did not measure up to its younger sister ‘15. More tannic. More complex. Will be a good wine in several years time.

A nice cab, but did not measure up to its younger sister ‘15. More tannic. More complex. Will be a good wine in several years time.

8.9

Daron Watson Delectable Pro

nose takes a bit of coaxing but what's revealed & on palate is BIG & surprisingly dark in the spectrum ~ one to watch for...decades to come

nose takes a bit of coaxing but what's revealed & on palate is BIG & surprisingly dark in the spectrum ~ one to watch for...decades to come

9.6

Andrea Meade

Dark cherry notes, very smooth once opened up

Dark cherry notes, very smooth once opened up

9.5

Martin Sher

Fantastic! Still grippy, long long life ahead.

Fantastic! Still grippy, long long life ahead.

9.5

Matt Gibstein

W/ J

W/ J

9.3

Joe Gillies

Very good right now (Nov 2019) but will definitely improve over the next few years. Still a bit tannic but explosive black and blue fruit aromas and flavors along with mint, and earthy flavors. I'd hold for another year or two but no rush in drinking.

Very good right now (Nov 2019) but will definitely improve over the next few years. Still a bit tannic but explosive black and blue fruit aromas and flavors along with mint, and earthy flavors. I'd hold for another year or two but no rush in drinking.

9.4

Kathleen Schulke

Oh my ... bouquet...bold ......ahhhh

Oh my ... bouquet...bold ......ahhhh

9.2

Craig Stanfield Delectable Pro

Solid year in and year out.

Solid year in and year out.

9.7

Craig Stanfield Delectable Pro

Tight but you still get a generous amount of fruit and oak. Layered with blue and red fruit, spice, oak, and toast. Has been open about an hour and needs more time. Probably should have waited to open it. I'm guessing my rating will improve.

Tight but you still get a generous amount of fruit and oak. Layered with blue and red fruit, spice, oak, and toast. Has been open about an hour and needs more time. Probably should have waited to open it. I'm guessing my rating will improve.

9.5

Lucas Medola

This is my favorite wine ever!! Love it. Smell and observe it before you drink. Complex, smooth, black fruits, concentrated, full bodied and easy to drink after 17 months in French oak barrel. Long, enjoyable and delicious finish in mouth. Spectacular wine!!!

This is my favorite wine ever!! Love it. Smell and observe it before you drink. Complex, smooth, black fruits, concentrated, full bodied and easy to drink after 17 months in French oak barrel. Long, enjoyable and delicious finish in mouth. Spectacular wine!!!

9.6

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