Beringer Vineyards

Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.272 ratings
9.010 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Just a few wines we will be having on our cruise this week.


First wine of the cruise at 150 Central Park. Decanted for around two hours. Mix of dark ruby and garnet red. Dark nose with graphite, crushed purple flowers, and bark. Sitting in the glass for an hour more it started opening up with dark berries and dark gravel. Medium plus tannins (7.5/10) with a full body. Layered palate with some secondary notes of forest floor, mushrooms, red berries and cassis. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2029.

Just a few wines we will be having on our cruise this week.


First wine of the cruise at 150 Central Park. Decanted for around two hours. Mix of dark ruby and garnet red. Dark nose with graphite, crushed purple flowers, and bark. Sitting in the glass for an hour more it started opening up with dark berries and dark gravel. Medium plus tannins (7.5/10) with a full body. Layered palate with some secondary notes of forest floor, mushrooms, red berries and cassis. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2029.

Apr 28th, 2018
Gregg Congleton

Sweet cheese and rice! Every once and a while, when playing golf, you have that one shot that makes you come back which makes up for all the other bad shots. This wine is like that - found 2 bottles in the back of some suburban wine store hidden with an orange half price sticker - opens big but then smooths out - barnyard and hay on the nose, smooth pallet, tannins but not too much, dark cherry and a hint of Anise.

Sweet cheese and rice! Every once and a while, when playing golf, you have that one shot that makes you come back which makes up for all the other bad shots. This wine is like that - found 2 bottles in the back of some suburban wine store hidden with an orange half price sticker - opens big but then smooths out - barnyard and hay on the nose, smooth pallet, tannins but not too much, dark cherry and a hint of Anise.

1 person found it helpfulMar 13th, 2016
Cory Fierro

Guest offered this to me today, a 2006 vintage. Really nice nose, a little leather but a lot of red fruit. The palate followed nicely and the tannins were well integrated. Could probably last another 5-10 years but after that it'd start to decline.

Guest offered this to me today, a 2006 vintage. Really nice nose, a little leather but a lot of red fruit. The palate followed nicely and the tannins were well integrated. Could probably last another 5-10 years but after that it'd start to decline.

1 person found it helpfulSep 27th, 2015
Jordan Gianelli

Total score while at Beringer. Half bottles of 2006 PR for $33! Yep. Besides the price, the wine has to be one of the more noble bottlings of the decade for my palate. Super pure in the expression of Cabernet Sauvignon; Blackberry, tobacco, touch of coffee; ALL of the cliches descriptors without being boring. I still drink coffee everyday and I would welcome this wine into my home as frequently. Full bodied but BALANCED all the way through. The front palate is a solid intro, the acid was the surprise component that links the finish to the front beautifully. Nice job

Total score while at Beringer. Half bottles of 2006 PR for $33! Yep. Besides the price, the wine has to be one of the more noble bottlings of the decade for my palate. Super pure in the expression of Cabernet Sauvignon; Blackberry, tobacco, touch of coffee; ALL of the cliches descriptors without being boring. I still drink coffee everyday and I would welcome this wine into my home as frequently. Full bodied but BALANCED all the way through. The front palate is a solid intro, the acid was the surprise component that links the finish to the front beautifully. Nice job

1 person found it helpfulDec 14th, 2014
Jon Maxwell

Founder Veritas Wine Consulting

8.4

Surprising. Very big and unlike experience with older vintages. Maybe another 8-10 would bring it to a more (personally) appealing place. Maybe a stylistic change. Solid, but not my thing.

Surprising. Very big and unlike experience with older vintages. Maybe another 8-10 would bring it to a more (personally) appealing place. Maybe a stylistic change. Solid, but not my thing.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2014
Jon Ruyle

This was just a really good Napa cab. Mountain and valley flavors merge wonderfully! A perfect wine with prime rib on Christmas!

This was just a really good Napa cab. Mountain and valley flavors merge wonderfully! A perfect wine with prime rib on Christmas!

Dec 26th, 2018
Melanie Hogan DelBuono

So surprised, it has young structure, notes of cinnamon and currents and yet retained its Napa earthy smell on the nose. Still could have waited to open. Has warm feel of coffee and berry. 2004. Not sure of that showed up

So surprised, it has young structure, notes of cinnamon and currents and yet retained its Napa earthy smell on the nose. Still could have waited to open. Has warm feel of coffee and berry. 2004. Not sure of that showed up

Sep 10th, 2018
Stuart Scheff

My friend Tom Brady Loves this. I agree.

My friend Tom Brady Loves this. I agree.

Jan 24th, 2018
Steven Lee

On the nose slight chalky and mineral and spice and herbs. On the palate is silky and elegant and good level of acidity. Savoury and tannin is pretty well integrated

On the nose slight chalky and mineral and spice and herbs. On the palate is silky and elegant and good level of acidity. Savoury and tannin is pretty well integrated

Dec 24th, 2016
Mike Swadener

Coffee, red fruit, dark chocolate. Smooth texture, juicy.

Coffee, red fruit, dark chocolate. Smooth texture, juicy.

Dec 12th, 2015