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1978 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #900427 92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark, ripe and spicy, with a core of chocolate and currant, plum and cherry. Has reached a fine drinking plateau, with complex, concentrated flavors that are rich and sharply focused. Finishes with firm tannins, but it still shows lots of life. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/1998)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark (No tasting note.) Inner quote mark (10/1993)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Medium red with a browning rim. Slightly high-toned aromas of redcurrant, smoke, tobacco and balsamic vinegar. Smooth, sweet and fine-grained, with nicely integrated acidity giving shape to the red berry and tobacco flavors and lifting the finish. A bit tart but full of life. This wine was made from very ripe fruit. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

K&L Notes

The second vintage of Beringer's classic Private Reserve, this was sourced 100% from Chabot Vineyard. The winery's retrospective tasting note from 2007: "Always been one of Ed's favorites. Earthy, minty, cassis, cherry, dried mushroom, orange rind, and chocolate finish. Hints of black licorice, mineral, pepper."

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