95 Points - James Suckling
“Lots of flowers, almonds and hints of green coffee. Dark berries and plums. Full-bodied, layered and juicy with lots of ripe fruit, but turns round and delicious at the finish. Shows drive but intense drinkability. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018
93 Points - Wine Advocate
“Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Chabot Vineyard has a pretty nose of blackcurrant cordial, mulberries and blueberries with hints of pencil savings and touches of Indian spices and bay leaves. Full-bodied, concentrated and offering up plenty of rich black fruit and spice layers, it has firm, grainy tannins and a seamless lift, finishing long and spicy.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2017
Chabot Vineyard lies east of the Silverado Trail, just north of the road that leads up Howell Mountain to Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer Ranch. The chunks of shiny obsidian heavily strewn through its soil reflect the locale, known as “Glass Mountain.” An underlying layer of pumice and bedrock ensures excellent drainage. The inky, highly structured, deeply flavored Cabernet from this vineyard was the first that Beringer Vineyards elected to bottle as a Private Reserve, in 1977, and we have continued to bottle a small amount each year since as a single-vineyard Cabernet. Chabot Cabernet has finely knit tannins, and layers of black currant with hints of mint and cedar.
The 2015 growing season was marked by pleasant weather with little pressure from heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter, common in recent years, was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break and fast start to the growing season. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady and sure development of flavors. The overall quality, complexity and balance in the vines produced exceptional fruit for winemakers. The impact of the continuing drought was evident in slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality.