The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is built from completely different sources. Sixty-six percent came from the St. Helena Home Ranch, 18% from the Chabot Vineyard, and the rest from Beringer's estates in St. Helena, Rutherford and Coombsville. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that came in at 14.6% natural alcohol with a pH of 3.8. Perhaps the greatest Beringer Private Reserve since the 2007, 2005, 2002 and 2001, the 2010 offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, subtle smoke, wet rocks and background oak. Full-bodied, rich and impressive, it can be drunk now or cellared for two decades. (RP)
Saturated ruby to the rim. Deep, brooding, highly complex aromas of blackberry, licorice and sweet oak show a slightly port-like quality. Full, plush and sweet, offering outstanding chewy depth to its superripe flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, licorice and mint. The wine's huge baby fat is framed and energized by nicely integrated acidity. Boasts an impressive combination of fruit, flesh and underlying structure, finishing with wonderfully smooth tannins. A spectactular early showing for this wine, which should enjoy a glorious evolution in bottle. 94+
A dense, rich and powerful expression of Cabernet, with loads of dark berry, loamy earth and crushed rock flavors that show pockets of black licorice, road tar and dried flowers, ending with rich, chewy tannins that give the lingering flavors traction. Should be long-lived. (JL)
Here is a big, very ripe, abundantly tannic young wine that may have high aspirations, but it is far more substantial and potent than it is tailored, and its rather rough-cut demeanor tags it as one that needs waiting. Fans of extract and power should find plenty to like, just as those who are troubled by high ripeness will not, and, if the rest of us will grudgingly acknowledge that it is a bit overdone, it does have the substance and sheer fruity strength to withstand the lengthy cellaring that its formidable, ten-year tannins prescribe. *Two Stars*
Ripe aromas of blueberries, lightly toasted oak and coffee bean follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a toasted-barrel aftertaste. Needs time to come together still but a stylish and well-polished red. (JS)
Gilded with toasty oak, this Cabernet is opulent with flavors of blackberries, cassis liqueur and mocha. The tannic mouthfeel is elegant, complex and dramatic. Blended with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it’s delicious and heady for drinking now and over the next six years.
Deep crimson. Very complete and luscious on the nose. I'd be very happy to drink this as a nightcap – great balance if you don't mind the warm finish – but I think it could be a bit of a knockout blow at the dinner table. Certainly very well made. Very typical Napa Valley Cab well done. 17/20
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