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1985 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #900010 92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (13.4% alcohol; 32% Chabot, 39% State Lane and 29% St. Helena; the fruit was picked at the end of September and beginning of October): Medium red with some amber at the rim. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, truffle, underbrush and flint. Sweet and a bit wild, showing terrific retention of candied raspberry and plum fruit. This concentrated wine is a step up in texture and depth of fruit from the earlier vintages. Strong but integrated acidity gives it definition and lift, with the long finish showing broad, tongue-dusting tannins. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Beringer's 1985 Private Reserve is a superb, fully mature (atypical for the vintage), medium to full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with an enticing, chocolatey, herb, blackcurrant-scented nose, rich, plump, expansive, sweet, jammy flavors, attractive spice, and a soft, lush finish. It has matured quickly for a 1985, but there is no rush to consume it as it reveals no signs of fatigue. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/1995)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Aromas of hazelnut, spice and dried currant carry over to the palate, where those flavors run deep with good concentration. (JL, Web Only-2005) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

The 1985 vintage surpassed both 1978 and 1984, according to the venerable St. Helena winery's notes upon the wine's release: "With near-perfect conditions throughout the growing season. At harvest, it produced wines with rich, well-balanced flavors and smooth, integrated tannins. Wines from the Chabot, State Lane and St. Helena Home vineyards were again blended for the Private Reserve. Now perfectly integrated, the wine is quintessentially balanced with black and red fruits, coffee, chocolate and spice notes — a classic."


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