2005 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

Year: 2005
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 94
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"Offers richness, concentration and depth while remaining elegant and supple, focusing on the ripe, spicy currant, mineral, herb and sage notes. Ends with a measure of finesse and polish, with the right mix of tannins. Drink now through 2016. 9,709 cases made." (WS)

"There is no doubt that the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is the top wine in the portfolio. Delicious notes of smoky oak, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, and graphite are followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich wine with undeniable elegance and finesse as well as sweet tannins. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. This cuvee usually includes about 5% Cabernet Franc in the blend. I doubt this vintage will turn out to be as impressive as the 2004, 2002, and 2001 Private Reserves.

Beringer continues to turn out an impressive array of wines, proving that a gigantic global operation can be focused on quality and character. Beringer’s Pinot Noir program continues to show more and more promise. Beringer’s Cabernet Sauvignon program includes two outstanding bargains, one from Knight’s Valley and one from Napa. They are both serious Cabernet Sauvignons meant to be drunk young, but both are capable of lasting a decade or more. For their Private Club members, Beringer offers approximately 200 cases of all the single vineyards that go into their Private Reserve cuvee. I’ll keep my tasting notes brief since these wines are only available to Private Club members. However, it is always interesting that, aside from two or three of the single vineyards, the Private Reserve final blend is always the finest wine of the group. This has been proven time and time again at these tastings." (WA)

"($116; about 60% of the blend is now from Howell Mountain fruit) Good bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, minerals and sweet spices. Lush and creamy, with explosive, fully ripe dark fruit and mineral flavors and terrific back-end lift. Finishes with big, broad, fine-grained tannins and impressive length. The goal here is not to make an early-drinking wine but one with sweet tannins and thoroughly ripe fruit, notes winemaker Laurie Hook, but I find this sexy from the start." (IWC)

"Nickel and Dime Wine readers are getting this deal 48 hours before it’s announced to the general public.

Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet is one of the most highly regarded wines from the Napa Valley. Its ratings pedigree is legendary, garnering cult scores at reasonable production levels. This is the wine that’s $180 on every prime steakhouse’s reserve list. $115 at the winery, $90 at most retailers, LA Wine Co. is selling it for $59.95. This is the best Cabernet deal of the year so far. Easily.

Beringer Private Reserve is also one of my personal favorites. I have every vintage between 2003 and 2007 with the exception of ‘06 which I missed somehow. The 2005 featured here was awarded 94 points from Stephen Tanzer who called it “Sexy from the start”, 93 from Wine Spectator and 92 from Robert Parker.

If you like Beringer PR, buy up today. It drinks great now, but will last for another 15+ years. This deal will be announced to the public on Monday and it will sell out. LA Wine Co. ships nationally." (Nickel & Dime)