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.
The 2002 growing season started out cold but a warm spell in late March encouraged normal budbreak and flowering in the Cabernet vineyards. Generally cool temperatures continued through most of the summer, resulting in well-developed flavors in the fruit. Temperatures warmed at harvest in Napa Valley, allowing the grapes to achieve full physiological maturity. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, cedar and dark chocolate transition to rich expressions of black fruit, vanilla and brown spices on the palate as ripe supple tannins linger throughout the extracted and long finish.
PR Cab components: 48% Steinhauer Ranch, 23% St. Helena Home, 8% Marston Vineyard, 7% Bancroft Ranch, 5% Rancho del Oso, 2% Chabot, 7% Bancroft & Steinhauer Cabernet Franc
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.
Wonderful luscious fruit
Cassis, black cherry, cedar and dark chocolate aromas
Rich expressions of black fruit, vanilla and brown spices on the palate
Supple tannins linger throughout the extracted and long finish