Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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96pts Jeb Dunnuck
If you're interested in a powerhouse Cabernet from a big name Napa Valley winery which still has 20 years of evolving in it, then this is the wine for you. Get out your favorite decanter and let the wine sit while you prepare Asiago-stuffed dates with bacon and smoked paprika. They will bring out the lovely, gentle notes of smoke in the wine. For the entree, think hearty and meaty. If you're thinking classic Cab-and-a-slab, then make it a beautifully simple steak au poivre. Grill it so that bit of char allows the smooth tannins to shine. Braised lamb shanks with leeks, eggplant, red wine and ancho chile will be perfect with the dense, full body of this Private Reserve. Rigatoni with homemade meatballs and a roasted tomato ragu just might bring down the house. Get ready for thundering applause winelovers! One more thing: we're the best price on the web, by far. There's that too.

Jeb Dunnuck:  "The flagship is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve and it's a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec that’s mostly from Howell Mountain, with small lots from St Helena, Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Calistoga. Aged 20 months in 82% new French oak, it sports an inky, opaque color to go with killer notes of blackcurrants, scorched earth, hints of oak, graphite and minerality. Rich, full-bodied and beautifully concentrated, it's tight and backward, and is more reminiscent of a 2013 than a 2014. It has the purity to drink nicely today, yet needs 4-5 years of cellaring to show its potential. Maturity: 2022 - 2047." Dec 2017

Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate:  "Always the best of all of them is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, which in this vintage is a blend of 62% from their Howell Mountain holdings, 22% from St. Helena, 7% from Spring Mountain, 7% from Mt. Veeder and the rest from other sources. Only 7,383 cases were made of this blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine has an inky purple color, a big, sweet kiss of pen ink, graphite, cedar wood, licorice, blackberries and blackcurrants with some background oak, but it’s dominated by the fruit extract and the full-bodied richness and glycerin this wine possesses. The texture is open and lush, and the wine more forward and sexy than the 2013 was at a similar stage of development. It should drink well for 20-25 years, as these wines have an impeccable track record of ageability. Drink date: 2016 - 2041."

Winery: "With each vintage of the acclaimed Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the Beringer winemaker chooses the best lots from our reserve vineyards in the Napa Valley, each of which demonstrates remarkable expression of terroir. Beringer’s extraordinary collection of vineyards is the result of a significant and decades-long relationship between viticulture and winemaking. Open and approachable, with soft and silky tannins, this expression of Private Reserve shows plenty of dark fruit aromas and flavors, with blueberry, blackberry and black cherry much in evidence alongside aromas of violets, licorice and evident oak spice. Wonderful upon release, the wine will reward patient aging for many years.

Bottle: 750ml, cork
Varietal: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot
Alcohol: 15.2% 
Total Acidity:  5.8g/L 
pH:  3.92
Aging: 20 months in new French oak, 82% new
Region:            Napa Valley, California
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