As of right now, this wine still needs a good decant. It opened fully the second night, revealing luscious dark fruit, smoke and graphite. The nose was closed the first night. Long finish with moderate tannins. Wish I had more, as I think this is in the early stages of its drinking window.
We drank this bottle next to a 2003 Pichon and the Beringer Private reserve was far superior. The pichon did open up and calm down after about 6 hours of decanting but the Beringer was excellent from the moment the bottle was opened through the whole afternoon and evening. The tannin had settled in and was very tame - beautiful nose with some subtle red current, mocha and chocolate and a hint of vanilla on the finish. This had none of the barnyard beginning leather or tobacco of the Pichon. I believe the wine has the structure to retain its complexity for several more years and this is drinking fabulous right now - amazing.
Took to Europa Restaurant in Herndon. Delicious, only getting better with age. Still dark but a smidge lighter at the edges. Cedar and dark fruit on the nose. Tannins are smoothing out but still noticeable an hour after opening. Not necessarily a baby, maybe a teenage with years ahead of it.
I decanted it about an hour before dinner and sampled a glass throughout the cooking process. Purple shading into a deep ruby. Modest sediment. The bouquet took a while to open up, but eventually developed some seriously complex associations. Cedar, leather, cassis, and black cherry. On the palate, it was medium to full bodied with a long finish. Again, cedar, leather, cassis, and black cherry were the dominant flavor associations, as well as blackberry and mocha java. Well balanced. Still has plenty of structure to support aging, but is drinking well now. I'll probably space out the remaining bottles over the next 8-10 years.
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(Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve) Dark red violet color; nice, medium bodied, blackberry, cassis, berry, dark chocolate nose; ripe blackberry, berry, cassis, light caramel palate with sweet tannins; long finish (100% new French oak, fruit from 7 vineyards; 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc)
(Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve) Dark red violet color; blackberry, berries, black cherry nose; rich, velvety textured, blackberry palate with well integrated oak; medium-plus finish (100% new French oak, fruit from 7 vineyards; 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc)
(Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon) #2; COLOR-dark; NOSE-Oak & vanilla; nice black currant & cherry; underlying sandbox on the finish; TASTE-I'm impressed; vanilla & oak fruit bomb, but is contained by very impressive 2nd tier tannin structure; beautiful blackberry/currant jam on the mid-palate; followed by the Red Fruit River (Cranberries, Raspberries; Strawberries & Cherries); an Exceptional effort; will last for 10-15 years; RP-92/94; GV-93
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