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2012 Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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2012 Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


96 pts. Robert Parker:

"Revealing the great blending skills of Beringer’s winemaking team, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is a winner. Having purchased Private Reserves for many years, I can attest that they age incredibly well. The 1991, one of the great successes of that vintage, is still aging beautifully at nearly 25 years of age. The sensational 2012 (10,000 cases) boasts an opaque purple color along with abundant aromas of charcoal, burning embers, crme de cassis, chocolate, blackberries and licorice. The long, complex, compelling, full-bodied texture along with terrific purity and a savory, rich mouthfeel result in a classic, quintessential Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 20-25 years." - The Wine Advocate, October 2014

The 2012 vintage began with textbook conditions that continued through much of Harvest. Spring bud break was ideal with steady flowering and even fruit set. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights during the summer months allowed for optimal ripeness to develop in the grapes and an exceptional quality overall. Steinhauer vineyard provides the foundation (30%) for the 2012 blend, which has been part of the Private Reserve blend since 1993. A significant portion (17%) comes from Bancroft Ranch atop Howell Mountain as well, and another portion (17%) comes from the St. Helena Home vineyard, which was part of the original acreage that founders Jacob and Frederick Beringer purchased in 1875 with the Beringer estate. Laurie also chose some select lots from the Rutherford appellation to include in the 2012 blend, as she particularly liked the broad, dense and classic Cabernet characteristics that appellation is known for. Each lot is closely watched during the ripening period to determine ideal pick time.

$170.00  /  Bottle
$2,040.00  /  Case
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Vintage: 2012
Appellation: Napa Valley
WSRating: 96
WERating: 93
The 2012 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has complex layers of black fruit and notes of cocoa powder, graphite and light smoky oak. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and blackberry pastry complement.
My great-great grandfather, Jacob Beringer, founded Beringer Vineyards with his brother in 1876 with the simple but audacious goal of producing world-class wines rivaling those from their home country of Germany. Today, I have the great honor of being Chief Winemaker at Beringer Vineyards and continuing the unique winemaking legacy of those that came before me including Myron Nightingale, Ed Sbragia, and Laurie Hook. As such, it is a pleasure for me to share the 2012 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was made by now Winemaker Emeritus Laurie Hook, and is the 35th vintage of this iconic Napa Valley Cabernet. Long the flagship wine for Beringer Vineyards and a bottle that has always had a place at my family table for special occasions, the Private Reserve remains an expression of the best of each vintage. In the case of 2012, the vintage was a particularly strong one – a long, even growing season and minimal weather challenges resulted in a harvest of great quality and quantity. The vineyards that comprise the blend of Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon represent one of the primary reasons I came back ‘home’ to Beringer - spanning elevations and appellations that are the very best of Napa Valley. The 2012 Private Reserve has a core of Howell Mountain fruit which will lend the blend great ageability, and a quarter of the blend comes from the St. Helena Home vineyard on the estate originally purchased by the Beringer brothers over 140 years ago. As a winemaker, there is no greater thrill than working with exemplary vineyards and contributing to a tradition that is as rich and important as that of Beringer Vineyards. Thank you for your continued support of Beringer, and I look forward to sharing more with you in the years to come. -Mark Beringer
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