1995 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley

1995 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley

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96 Points Wine Advocate, 1998
96 Points Wine Advocate, 2011
95 Points Wine Enthusiast
92 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 10 ratings
Almost perfect

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.

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.

One Big Beringer

Super black cherry,blackberry,plum with hints of herb and toasted cedar. Simply delicious! Good Gwyn matchback.

Great Wine

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 Beringer Vineyards

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Beringer Vineyards

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Napa Valley 1995

1995 Napa Valley — A Prolonged Growing Season Yields a Superb Crop

The 1995 vintage was one of wild weather events that included winter storms and flooding. The Napa River set a new peak record and the Russian River was near its record crest. Fortunately, the vines were dormant and damage was minimal. Spring rains and a June hailstorm did have some impact though, and the growing cycle got underway with a late start. The summer was moderate to warm and made up for some of the delay, but overall, the harvest remained stubbornly late. There was practically no rainfall until long after the harvest, but the wet winter and spring had assured there that there were plenty of water reserves for the vines to thrive.

The arrival of fine Indian summer weather provided the much-needed hang-time the slowly maturing grapes required to reach full physiological ripeness, and the vintage ended up producing wines with a great combination of rich fruit, bright acidity, and freshness, and a finely tuned focus and structure. Perhaps more elegant, tightly wound, and fresh when compared to the powerful opulence of the 1994s, it is a superb year in its own right, and the best wines are still in deliciously fine form.

Key Dates

Rainfall delays growing cycle


Long and moderate, allowing extra hang-time for grapes

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