About Beringer Vineyards
Founded in 1876, Beringer is the oldest continuously operating vineyard in Napa Valley. Head winemaker Laurie Hook directs operations at 14 different vineyards which produce almost as many varieties of wine. Decadently rich Cabernet Sauvignons, lush Merlots and rich, exotic Chardonnays are the standout wines at Beringer.
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91-93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 1998
Deep ruby-red. Black raspberry, cassis, minerals, toast and a whiff of game on the complex nose. Big and lush, with excellent depth of flavor and impressive intensity for the vintage. Here the tannins hit the palate a bit earlier. But very long and rich on the aftertaste. Should develop slowly and gracefully.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
An excellent wine, especially for the price. Up front fruity blend of cassis, blackberry and dark cherries, but not overblown. Nicely balanced with pleasant mouthfeel. Complex and layered tannins come on gradually , but are'nt gigantic like some other reserve wines. My favorite of the 95s.
The finest red of any vintage I've ever had. Perfect the second it hit my mouth and didn't disappoint minutes after the sip. Enjoyed it with a fine Filet at a top steak house.
One Big Beringer
Super black cherry,blackberry,plum with hints of herb and toasted cedar. Simply delicious! Good Gwyn matchback.
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Big body. small head
A little zoopy
This effort was a little zoopy, lacking the finesse and power of the Sbragia vineyard designated efforts of other years and grape varieties. Bancroft Ranch has in recent years exemplefied the preeminence of Beringer as a winery capable of trancendent, sublime efforts...for example in the 93 through 95 Bancroft ranch Merlots or the opulent 94 and 95 cabernets. But here Sbragia has fallen short. He gives us a rather undistinguishsed, pedestrian cab with a sweltering tannic backbone and insufficient fruit to stand up to any aging. We can only hope for better efforts in the future from this notable establishment.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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