1994 Beringer "Chabot Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Readers are undoubtedly familiar with the first wine from this program, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Beringer's 25-acre Chabot Vineyard. This wine, like all of these offerings, is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new oak casks. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Chabot Vineyard is a backward, full-bodied, muscular wine that is 5-7 years away from drinkability. With airing, the wine reluctantly gives up scents of pepper, iodine, cassis, mint, and earth. This full-bodied, large-scaled Cabernet begs for more bottle time. This wine should only be purchased by those willing to invest patience, as it will not provide enjoyable drinking when young. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good red-ruby color. Highly nuanced nose combines black cherry, minerals, mint, cedar and brown spices. Fat and sweet, with lovely perfumed flavor in the mouth. Already highly expressive. Finishes with terrific persistence, even tannins and a lively note of oak spice.
A fruit-driven style, ripe and jammy, with rich plum, black cherry and a dash of raspberry. Finishes with a gush of fruit too, backed by firm, dry tannins.