Beringer Vineyards Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

$149.99

96 Points Parker - limited                                        Limited Reserve Cabernet from Beringer.  One of the top-rated Cabs of the stellar 2014 vintage. 96 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve and it's a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec that’s mostly from Howell Mountain, with small lots from St Helena, Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Calistoga. Aged 20 months in 82% new French oak, it sports an inky, opaque color to go with killer notes of blackcurrants, scorched earth, hints of oak, graphite and minerality. Rich, full-bodied and beautifully concentrated, it's tight and backward, and is more reminiscent of a 2013 than a 2014. It has the purity to drink nicely today, yet needs 4-5 years of cellaring to show its potential." 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Always the best of all of them is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, which in this vintage is a blend of 62% from their Howell Mountain holdings, 22% from St. Helena, 7% from Spring Mountain, 7% from Mt. Veeder and the rest from other sources. Only 7,383 cases were made of this blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine has an inky purple color, a big, sweet kiss of pen ink, graphite, cedar wood, licorice, blackberries and blackcurrants with some background oak, but it’s dominated by the fruit extract and the full-bodied richness and glycerin this wine possesses. The texture is open and lush, and the wine more forward and sexy than the 2013 was at a similar stage of development. It should drink well for 20-25 years, as these wines have an impeccable track record of ageability..... ...As I have written in the past, the Beringer Private Reserve program incorporates many of the single vineyards that they own and also bottle separately in lots from 250 up to nearly 1,000 cases. These wines are generally only available at the winery or through their membership club. Various parts of these single vineyards are all put through taste trials, and the result, when there’s a unanimity of opinion, is the great Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Beringer, one of the most successful Cabernets of Napa Valley."                                                                                   

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Ratings on Delectable

Mark Farrell

Deep ruby/purple in color with a nose of blackberries, dry cassis, creamed coffee, clay dust, with a hint of leather. Heavy hitting wine with plenty of fruit and a fair amount of acidity. Fairly bitter at this point with heavy tannins. Could use some cellar age.

Deep ruby/purple in color with a nose of blackberries, dry cassis, creamed coffee, clay dust, with a hint of leather. Heavy hitting wine with plenty of fruit and a fair amount of acidity. Fairly bitter at this point with heavy tannins. Could use some cellar age.

9.3

Paul K

Took 4 hours to open. Had an interesting smokiness to it.

Took 4 hours to open. Had an interesting smokiness to it.

9.1

Kimberly Anderson

Almost black in the glass. Cherry and cranberry nose. Dusty red plum, anise and a bit smokey. Very dry. Nice!

Almost black in the glass. Cherry and cranberry nose. Dusty red plum, anise and a bit smokey. Very dry. Nice!

9.0

Jeff McKenzie

It was ok

It was ok

8.2

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