Wednesday, April 6, 2011


This wine cannot be presented as a vignette because that would be an oxymoron.

Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $67.99-$115.00, 94 points, is one of those wines you don't just open and mindlessly gulp-down.
 I was in no hurry. There was no competition, just me and this Cabernet to listen to; I was prepared by a hard day at work and being left alone; I was up for the adventure which began with hues as crystal-clear as a dense Australian Shiraz could be, and with flashes of deep ruby.
A beautiful bouquet of gentle Red cedar, hints of cinnamon, and sweet Black currant was, in the modern vernacular, AWESOME!  With supple flavors of prune and smooth licorice resting on mid palate, and just a hint of espresso late-palate. The long finish of spice, and just hints of mint and menthol  imprinted forever this pleasant wine experience, which was totally in harmony with a friend of mine.
Now, what to pair this mammoth Cabernet of full-body, silky texture, and weight, with?
This wine will dominate most cuisine, but was okay with a bacon-black-bean stew.
This is a show-case wine for important friends and occasions, or for R and R.
Robert Parker scored this wine 95 points, however Wine Access has him scoring it 97 points. Some confusion here, but I'm uncertain which is correct.
Stephen Tanzer scored it 92 points.
WS scored it 91 points.
It's hard to justify paying BIG dollars for a 91 point wine, but I can assure you this is not a 91 point wine.
Laurie Hook Winemaker and Ed Sbragia have carved a fine wine out of the hills and fields of Bancroft Ranch, Steinhauer, Chabot, Lampyridae, St. Helena Home, Marston, and Rancho del Oso.


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