Released for the first time in 2006 at a price of $100 per bottle with a 3 bottle limit. This wine never went through malolactic fermentation. I can not resist burying bottles in the name of science. A musty nose joined up with earth and tobacco. A “juicy” palate of cedar, dirt (tons of sediment), soft fruits and mint. The experience for me would be similar to dancing with ones mom or grandmother on their 100th birthday, pure happiness and joy . My score reflects an amalgamation of the 3 bottles I consumed. One can probably find the story of this wine on the Web. — 4 days ago
I’m so glad the 2013’s are a year older!😉 Have been focusing on this vintage since the new year and seen some significant changes in ones we’ve waited a year or two since having. This one is no exception.
We’ve loved this cab since first bottle 6 years ago. Remember rounder blue fruit, but fell in love with it then. Now, it’s different, but just as good or better.
Palate cherry, raspberry, blue fruit, tobacco, anise, something herbal, and a touch of pepper. Chewy tannins and goes a long time in the mouth.
Can’t wait until next year! — 3 days ago
1.5 hour decant (little cloudy sediment). A beautiful deep purplish magenta color. On the nose: Blueberry, red berry, vanilla mocha, herbs and spice. Taste: WOW...we are on a roll with our 2021 wines so far!!! smooth, rich, silky, mouth coating wine with black plum, cedar, currants, graphite, spice and a nice long dry finish with slight tannic punch. A bigger wine than usual from HL, and a winner that will drink well for years.....if you are a HL fan, hope you got some! — 9 days ago
Founded in 1979 by John Shafer, went from riding trains in Chicago to riding a TD-9 tractor in Napa. Blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cab Sauv & 16% Malbec, aged for 20 mos French oak, despite 15.3% ABV, it’s well balanced. Deep Ruby, beautiful berry fruit aromas, notes of herbs, toasty oak & spice. On the palate flavors of cherry & jammy blackberry with notes of cacao, baking spice & sweet herbs. Fine smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit & tobacco notes. Great now, will also age for a few years. Nice! — 9 days ago
I thought this over delivered. I’ve had several bottles from more recent vintages and didn’t expect this style to age as well as it has. The big fruit has settled nicely- not that their big fruit was ever a problem. It’s still up front but has settled down nicely with some leather and earth thrown in. What a great surprise. — 6 days ago
Nose has white flowers, sliced Bosc pear, sliced lychee, apricot skin, dry mason sand, banana peel and moist oak barrel (no char).
Palate has pear pureé, lemon zest, under-ripe pineapple, limestone water, minor oak influence with a medium finish, medium acidity.
More complexity than the Village, this Lieu-Dit bottle has more weight and structure. Suggest holding 2-4Y; 2023-25. ~$23 — 4 days ago
Nose has yellow apple slice, lychee slice, washed lime, dry chalk and orange blossom.
Palate has warmed sweet green apple, lime peel, lime slice, crisp salinity, steely notes with medium level acidity. A short but fun finish, a solid wine for enjoyment; Purity of the appellation.
I am in agreement with some professional critics, the vintage of this Village wine appears a little softer than other years. This will be an earlier drinker, but would be rewarded with a brief hold of 1-2 years, 2022-23. ~$20 — 4 days ago
The Beringer Private Reserve Cab is always so dependably solid. This was chock full of fleshy blackberry and bruised plum, a dash of dark chocolate covered tobacco leaf, mature tannins and a smooth persistent finish. Drinking age daughter approved. She said it was nice to finally get a chance to taste alcohol 🤣😉 — 2 days ago