The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer Vineyard is a big, full-bodied, heady effort. (RP)
*Cellar Selection* These single-vineyard Beringer Cabs continue to be among the most tannic in California. They are largely undrinkable even at four-plus years, but this has got to be by design. The fruit here is enormous, gargantuan, and the balance is impeccable. There’s no reason the wine shouldn’t blossom by 2008, and hold for another 10 years.
Good bright ruby-red. Cassis, plum, cedar and tobacco on the nose, lifted by a piney note. Dense and sweet but also juicy and sharply delineated, with flavors of mountain berries and tobacco. This is always a somewhat rustic style of Cabernet by Beringer standards, but this vintage possesses excellent clarity of flavor. Finishes with substantial mouthdusting tannins. Will it gain in complexity with bottle aging? (ST)
Complex aromas of ripe red currant, cedary oak and nutmeg turn firm and tight on the palate, giving the wine excellent structure. On the finish, the fruit pushes through, joined by earthy, herbal tannins. Decant. (JL)
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