Robert Parker marked this vintage as “one of the great efforts of recent years.” Back in 2016 he recommended another few years of bottle age and, lucky you, that’s just what it got. Enticing aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, brown spice and sweet mint are purely profound. Supple tannins are beautifully integrated and balanced with a silky, elegant finish. This will continue to evolve for another few decades but is oh so lovely now.
Over the past 141 years, Beringer has built its name on quality and consistency. The oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley (they used a federal license during Prohibition that allowed them to make wine for religious purposes), they’ve been instrumental in both the development of Napa’s international reputation while simultaneously serving as a critical link to its past.
One of the great efforts of recent years, and not surprisingly so, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve. The wine could benefit from 7-10 years cellaring and probably last 30 to 40. When all is said and done, this is an instant classic, the wine full-bodied with oodles of crème de cassis, pen ink, graphite and baking spices. It is multi-dimensional, layered, and one of the all-time great Beringer Private Reserves – and there have been many.