"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is a beautifully balanced wine. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame a core of dark red berries, flowers, mint, spices and licorice. The Reserve shows lovely inner perfume and mid-palate juiciness. It should drink well with a minimum of cellaring. The main vineyards in the 2009 are Home (37%), Lampyridae (23%), Vogt (14%), Chabot (11%) and Rancho del Oso (9%). Each lot was aged separately for about two years before the final blend was assembled. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029." - Antonio Galloni
International Wine Cellar | Stephen Tanzer's | May, 2012
"Good full ruby. Pure but tight nose shows a medicinal reserve. Then tight and penetrating in the mouth, with noteworthy intensity to the blackberry and menthol flavors. Much less open and showy today than the Bancroft cabernet, revealing little in the way of easy sweetness. This seriously structured wine finishes with substantial firm tannins, excellent breadth and a suggestion of chocolatey richness, and should be long-lived. "A blend of the best of the best," according to winemaker Laurie Hook, who added that she's looking for "intensity, complexity, depth, persistence, elegance."
The 2009 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon presents aromas of ripe blackberry, sweet pastry and espresso, accented by hints of lavender, cedar and graphite. The palate is concentrated and dense with flavors of dark fruit and spice notes. A rich texture and mouth-coating tannins linger in the elegant finish.
95 points, The Wine Advocate "The magnificent 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lampyridae Vineyard comes from Mt. Veeder, one of my favorite sources when the Cabernet achieves full ripeness. Blueberry, black raspberry, floral, licorice, lavender and a hint of blood aromas jump from the glass of this dense, full-bodied, voluptuously textured wine. This super-impressive 2012 should drink well for 15-20 years. For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings."
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Lampyridae, “firefly” in Latin, is Napa’s highest vineyard at approximately 2400 ft elevation. This picturesque vineyard is high above the fog layer and has longer hours of sunshine and warmer nights, but days are cooler than the lower elevation vineyards. On clear days you can see all the way to San Francisco. One of the newest vineyards in the Private Reserve line-up, it shows incredible depth of flavor and intense, unique black fruit characters. The 2012 Lampyridae was aged for 18 months in 95% new French oak barrels.
The 2013 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe black fruit, mocha, dried herbs and licorice. Opulent but structured, this versatile wine has supple blue and black fruit notes accented by dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a silky, lingering finish.
A cherry plum color leads to aromas of cherry followed by instantly recognizable earthiness and dried herbs, a common
characteristic of Carneros Pinot Noir. A beautiful acid structure is framed by tart cranberry, black cherry, blackberry and dried cherries with hints of lean minerals. Soft in the mid-palate, light in color but elegantly so, a touch of ripe plums adds depth. An enchanting finish lingers.