2012 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

Year: 2012
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 95
California Grapevine: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :
$89.95

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"A classy style that combines firm, ripe, dusty blackberry, currant and wild berry flavors with dried herb, cedar and tobacco notes. On the finish, the tannins are fine-grained and the flavors flow through in an elegant manner. Drink now through 2029. -J.L" (WS)

"Revealing the great blending skills of Beringer’s 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.

For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and 2013 for the whites, is one of the strongest I have tasted with them. That is reassuring when you consider the enormous size of the umbrella Treasury Estates that owns Beringer." (WA)

"The flagship 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is impressive. Voluptuous, powerful and racy, the 2012 is backed up by plenty of underlying structure. Today the flavors are quite primary, but there is good intensity in the red and purplish-toned fruit. With a production of 10,000 cases, this sumptuous beauty should be relatively easy to find. I expect the 2012 will drink well pretty much out of the gate." (VM)

"This is powerful with super polished tannins and a wonderful balance of fruit and acidity. Lots of blackberry, sweet tobacco and fresh mushroom undertones. Layered and structured. Needs at least three to four years to come around but already great. Exciting, harking back to the great vintages of this wine. Better in 2018." (JS)

"4. 2012 Beringer, “Private Reserve,” Napa Valley ($165) – Medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, tight, cedary, spicy, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma with herbal notes and hints of cocoa, dried herbs, and graphite; full body; big, rich, extracted, layered, dark berry fruit flavors with well integrated oak; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Already showing great depth and concentration, the wine is well balanced and structured to support another five to ten more years of aging. Very highly recommended. 14.9% alcohol; 10,000 cases; blended with 1% CF and 1% PV; released Fall 2015. (Group Score: 16.8, 0/1/2; My Score: 17 [93/100], fifth place) (CGV)

A Wine I Buy Every Year – Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet (RP95, $89.95)
Beringer PR Label I own, or have owned, the ’02, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’09, ’11 and ’12 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet. That’s really as much endorsement of this wine as I could possibly provide. But since that doesn’t make for a very entertaining or informative blog post, let’s discuss why this is such a great wine year in and year out. Beringer owns tons of acres of vineyards all over Napa in many varied appellations (and many more beyond). This diversity allows them to take the very best fruit of a given year and blend it to create a remarkably consistent and remarkably high quality Cabernet each year. And while Beringer does make some ultra high volume bulk wine, their Private Reserve Cabernet is, and has always been, one of the very best wines in California.

I visited the winery in May during their 140th anniversary celebration and had a chance to taste the 2012 PR Cabernet and as expected, it was brilliant. Dense and opaque, but with a finesse and balance I’ve always found very appealing. It’s this balance that allows this particular wine to age seemingly forever. In fact, I’ve never had one that I thought was on it’s decline, let alone at peak. As such, I try not to open them until 10 years after the vintage date, although they certainly drink well before that. Case in point, I opened a 2011, a poor vintage in Napa, a few weeks ago and it was wonderful but has the stuffing to age 20 years. This is not a cheap wine. It’s $165 at the winery and $90 at LA Wine Co. But with top wines in Napa going for $200 to $500+, I still consider Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet a value.

Parker and Galloni agree on the quality, giving it 95 and 96 points respectively.
Buy Here: 2012 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet $89.95

Robert Parker 95 points:
“Revealing the great blending skills of Beringer’s 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.

For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and 2013 for the whites, is one of the strongest I have tasted with them. That is reassuring when you consider the enormous size of the umbrella Treasury Estates that owns Beringer.”

Antonio Galloni 96 Points:
“The flagship 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is impressive. Voluptuous, powerful and racy, the 2012 is backed up by plenty of underlying structure. Today the flavors are quite primary, but there is good intensity in the red and purplish-toned fruit. With a production of 10,000 cases, this sumptuous beauty should be relatively easy to find. I expect the 2012 will drink well pretty much out of the gate.” (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
In 1977, Winemaker Myron Nightingale and then Assistant Winemaker Ed Sbragia set out to make the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon possible. They acquired grapes from Lemmon Ranch (later renamed Chabot Vineyard), and immediately knew they had the makings of a distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon. This dark, chewy, robust wine spent 2 years in French oak barrels before winning gold medal as best Cabernet in show at the 1981 Orange County Fair. The limited amount produced was released as Beringer's first Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and began the remarkable Private Reserve program. The 1986 vintage was later named the #1 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. Today, Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon remains the most prized and revered wine in Beringer's portfolio, and is known for its standard of quality, consistency and balance. After three decades producing these reserve wines, the goal remains unchanged: to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon that Napa Valley can produce - an achievement that has surpassed even Jacob Beringer's ambitious early vision for the winery.