2001 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1015676 97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Just hitting late adolescence, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvée exhibits an opaque dark purple color along with a beautiful, smoky, sweet black currant, licorice, truffle, toast and underbrush-scented nose. With fabulous concentration, great intensity and tremendous purity, this voluptuously textured, full-bodied classic is one of the all-time great Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. While drinkable now, it will continue to evolve for at least another 20 years. Of all the superb Private Reserve vintages, the 2001 ranks alongside the 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005 and 2007. (RP) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Beringer's 2001 Private Reserve is in a great spot today, as it is mature and yet has enough depth to drink well for at least another handful of years. Black cherry, plum, gravel, spice, licorice and leather lend quite a bit of savory intensity. There is a bit of low level brett that might trouble some tasters, but it is not overly dominant in this bottling. In 2001 most of the fruit was from the Steinhauer, Bancroft and Chabot ranches. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A massive youngster, with a fine structure and firm, chewy tannins. Dense and concentrated, only offering glimpses of what lies ahead. Shows dried currant, herb, sage and wild berry flavors. (JL) Inner quote mark (7/2005)

K&L Notes

97 points Robert Parker for Wine Advocate: "Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Harvest Dates: September 4 to October 10. The 2001 was produced from six vineyards, Chabot, Home, Bancroft Ranch, Rancho del Oso, Quarry and Tre Colline. An early spring with both frost and heat spikes gave vignerons a roller coaster ride early on, but a torrid May and June were followed by a surprisingly cool August and fabulous weather in September and October. The harvest started early for the more precocious terroirs and finished relatively late for the cooler ones. A spectacular effort, the 2001 exhibits a youthful opaque purple color as well as great fruit concentration and intensity." (05/2011)

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