2002 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (depressed cork / lightly bin soiled label)

SKU #1751408 95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Put them all together and you have the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, a sensational 14,000-case cuvee that is one of the benchmarks for what Napa Valley is capable of achieving. Its dense purple color is followed by copious notes of smoky barbecue, creme de cassis, white chocolate, blackberries, charcoal and truffles. Full-bodied, fleshy and succulent, with sweet tannins in the finish, this 2002 has not yet hit full maturity. Give it another 2-4 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following two decades. I asked the winemaking team what the final blend was for the 2002 Private Reserve, and to the best of their recollection, the largest component was from Steinhauer Ranch (50%), followed by St. Helena Home Ranch (23%) and tiny percentages of Bancroft, Rancho del Oso, Chabot, Marston, and some Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2012)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Blackcurrant, cherry and cedar aromas mix with an earthier tertiary notes of leather and damp forest floor. Surprisingly bright and youthful, the tannins are soft and complex with balanced acidity and a long mature finish. This is the top wine of the Beringer estate, which was founded in 1876 and maintained operations through the Prohibition. It boasts and enviable set of vineyards from Howell Mountain to the floor of the Napa Valley. (RS) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Good deep red. Very ripe, slightly roasted aromas of sweet fruit pastry and coffee liqueur. Huge and sweet if still a bit monolithic, with a wave of plush berry fruit washing over the palate. Finishes with substantial granular tannins and serious palate-staining length. This wine appears to be going through a closed stage today and still needs time in the cellar. 93+ (ST) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Huge wine, young and tannic, almost bitter now and not offering much relief. But of course you don't buy Beringer PR tonight. There is indeed enormous Cabernet flavor deep down inside, offering oodles of blackberries and cherries and charry new oak, but there's also a warning note of prune. Best after 2008. Inner quote mark (9/2006)


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