Third of three bottles. In 2013 this was definitely not ready. Better, but a little soft in 2014. Drinking very nicely now (ready) and has developed some heft; we rated it as solidly medium bodied. More fruit forward that Napa Cabs, perhaps as a result a little more food-friendly. Could drink well into 2016, if we had it to do all over we would have held the first bottle until now (just short of a full five years), instead of drinking the last bottle this year. This effort by Beringer certainly deserves aging, regardless of vintage.
First one of these since April, 2012. Showing a noticeably better nose of crushed dark berries, violets, dried herbs and spice now - with the heat much less evident. Full-bodied, rich and velvety in texture. Loaded with ripe, juicy plum and blackberry fruit character. There's excellent depth and definition to the fruit on the mid-palate. Finishes long and smooth, with pretty notes of chocolate, oak and spice that linger gently. A wonderful Sonoma Cabernet, especially at this price point. 50+5+12+17+7=91
Really good value here and it's really come together over the past few years. Somewhat lacking on the nose, but the big dark fruit is the star here. Polished and smooth with just the right amount of acidity to make the black fruit pop. Not at all fake and candy-like like many of its competors at this price point, well done.
Put this in the monthly tasting series against some tough competition that was from a higher price point. This $18 wine did pretty well considering it was up against $50 wines. It even had a couple of very strong fans within the tasting group. From my perspective, it really did not stand up. It was overly fruity in a very forward style. There was little of interest in the nose and palate when compared to the others. By itself, this would be considered an easy drinking Cab with no really objectionable qualities, but likely not any memorable ones, either.
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