In an effort to provide our collectors with up to date information on our wines, Beringer Chief Winemaker Laurie Hook is delighted to share regular updated tasting notes on Private Reserve Cabernet.
Late, cool vintage delayed maturities in most vineyards. Howell Mountain fruit was most challenging. Significant thinning of the crop was necessary and rigorous selection at harvest severely cut yields. More selection in the winery resulted in production that was less than half of normal. Blend has core of St. Helena Home Vineyard with Tre Colline, Chabot, Pretty nose with perfumy wild berry and mineral earthiness. Supple, velvety tannins showing opulence at a young age. Red fruit, black currant, mint, cedar and roasted coffee. Softer vintage than 1997, with an openness in the mouth.
PR Cab components: 28% Tre Colline, 24% Chabot, 23% St. Helena Home, 14% Bancroft Ranch, 11% Marston
Winemaster Emeritus, Ed Sbragia, Chief Winemaker, Laurie Hook and Assistant Winemaker, Chris Louton share their thoughts as they taste through the Beringer Retrospective. This is a great opportunity to hear what the winemakers say today about the older vintage wines.
Vanilla and cedar in the nose
Sweet cocoa, chocolate cherries, bing cherries, mint and slight herbal
Soft, elegant and fruit forward – great drinking upon release
Beautiful flavors, so approachable
Note: in blind tastings collectors often pick 98 over the 97& 96 vintages