Beringer 2012 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Beringer's Private Reserve Cabernet is always one of Napa Valley's best because Beringer has access to such a wide array of prime vineyard sites throughout the Valley. Grapes are sourced from Howell Mountain, St. Helena, Rutherford, Spring Mountain and Mount Veeder. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon with 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine aged for 18 months in new French Nevers oak barrels and the 12 months in the bottle. 2012 was a remarkable vintage in Napa Valley and this wine shows it. Robert Parker scored it 96 points saying "Revealing the great blending skills of Beringerís winemaking team, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is a winner. Having purchased Private Reserves for many years, I can attest that they age incredibly well. The 1991, one of the great successes of that vintage, is still aging beautifully at nearly 25 years of age. The sensational 2012 (10,000 cases) boasts an opaque purple color along with abundant aromas of charcoal, burning embers, creme de cassis, chocolate, blackberries and licorice. The long, complex, compelling, full-bodied texture along with terrific purity and a savory, rich mouthfeel result in a classic, quintessential Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 20-25 years."