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33 Years of Private Reserve Cabernets

2000 Private Reserve from time of release

2000 Beringer Private reserve Cabernet

Vintage Notes from time of release

Overall, the 2000 Napa Valley growing season was very cool and moderate, save for a few advantageous warm spells. Bud-break and fruit-set was normal. Moderately warm, sunny days from June to September kept the clusters' development on-track through a pleasant summer. By the time he assembled the final blend, he knew each lot's best characteristics and chose to build a solid core of fruit and ripe tannins from Steinhauer Ranch and Rancho del Oso on Howell Mountain, with small amounts of St. Helena and Bancroft Ranch for added lushness. Finally, he added almost ten percent Cabernet Franc from Steinhauer Ranch.

PR Cab components: 63% Steinhauer Ranch, 22% Rancho del Oso, 3% St. Helena Home, 2% Bancroft Ranch, 10% Bancroft Cabernet Franc


Tasting Notes

  • Black cherry, black currant
  • Cedar, sassafras, cocoa, mint, sweet oak spice
  • Very balanced wine
  • Less herbal characteristics than 99
  • Lighter, pretty elegant character

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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.

2001 Private Reserve from time of release

2001 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Notes from time of release

The 2001 vintage got off to a quick start with warm weather in February and March, which caused bud break and fruit-set to occur 7-10 days earlier than normal. In early April, temperatures cooled down significantly and slowed the development of the clusters. Winter and spring rains were below average but were adequate to restore essential moisture in the soils. Moderate weather conditions through the rest of the growing season helped produce high quality grapes. Ed put the wines through 100-percent malolactic fermentation for added complexity and softness, and age them for nearly two years before Ed selects the blend that he feels layers the personalities of the vineyards into a harmonious whole.

PR Cab components: 44% Steinhauer Ranch, 17% Rancho del Oso, 17% Marston Vineyard, 13% St. Helena Home, 3% Bancroft Ranch, 1% Chabot, 5% Steinhauer Cabernet Franc


Tasting Notes

  • ntense blackberry, cassis and cocoa
  • Another big vintage, fairly tannic
  • A lot of brown spice and blackberry

Drink or hold?
Drink or hold

Hear what the winemakers have to say

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.

2002 Private Reserve from time of release

2002 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Notes from time of release

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


Tasting Notes from 2007

  • 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

Drink or hold?
Drink or hold

Hear what the winemakers have to say

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.

2003 Private Reserve from time of release

2003 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Notes from time of release

The 2003 vintage got a late start because of a cool, wet spring. Overall, the weather conditions trended on the cool side, with a very damp April. A warm spell during flowering fueled a growth spurt, but as the season progressed and temperatures moderated, it looked as if harvest would be late. Eight-to-ten very warm days in September helped move development along. The grapes for the 2003 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were handpicked between September 19 and October 28.

PR Cab components: 32% St. Helena Home, 19% Steinhauer Ranch, 12% Bancroft Ranch, 12% Marston, 8% Quarry, 6% Chabot, 6% Rancho del Oso, 3% Bancroft Cabernet Franc, 2% Steinhauer Cabernet


Tasting Notes from 2007

  • Fresh fruit pops right now with blackberry, blueberry, cassis and fruit basket like characteristics
  • Sweet oak, vanilla and brown spice with brown sugar notes
  • Rich, ripe tannins
  • Touch of orange zest off the top and hints of mint and cocoa

Drink or hold?
Hold

Hear what the winemakers have to say

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.

 
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