Opened, and poured into a decanter. Cork was crumbled so filtered the wine as it was poured. Still a dark color. Nose of eucalyptus and plums. Elegant, with flavor of red cherries, some basil and mint notes, and round and smooth tannins. Still has life left. Well done, although not outstanding.
Not decanted. Still tannic upon opening (cork in perfect condition unlike some other reviews), and tannins didn't fade for hours. Tawny in color, starting to turn raisiny. Somewhat oily appearance on side of glass. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Fruit still present, but not at all pronounced. Cedar bark, leather, cigar, with a slight overbaked cherry pie taste. Perhaps dried fig, molasses. After a couple of hours . . . a bit of a creosote hint which was not pleasant. Second day taste after preservation of 1/4 bottle -- the same. Tannins still exploding from the glass, but fading a bit more quickly. Molasses flavor and aroma a bit more pronounced second day, while cedar bark less pronounced. I don't know how much more time this vintage will last before fading completely. Purchased a few years ago directly from Beringer.
Beautiful perfumy nose of herbal cherry, soft leather, incense; silky entry, excellent depth of flavor, a bit low on tannins, but elegant with good tangy acidity and a long finish. Complex, lovely character, and decent structure, although a little light. Drink now while still a bit of tannins left.
Discovered this wine was still in the cellar, surprise. Cork was very wet, but no musty smell. Color was starting to turn. Very smooth, tannins completely gone. Complexity also gone. Not much fruit left. Not bad considering, but wish we would have opened this 8 years ago.
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(Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve) Group's #5 (my #4) – 50 pts; 1 1st, 1 2nd, 1 third, 1 last – Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; light cedary cherry and red fruit nose; cedar, cassis and tart berry palate; medium finish