Dinner at home with Lionel and Rachel (Pine Close): A yummy, beautifully drinkable wine. After an hour or so in the decanter, this was absolutely singing. On the nose, it showed pretty notes of sweet, ripe cassis and red berries seasoned with drifts of tobacco spice, earth and wild herbs. The palate seemed on its way to being completely resolved, with soft, round tannins and bright acidity framing yummy flavours of ripe cassis and gummy berries, again with a flush of baking spices and smoky tobacco notes lingering away in a nice, juicy finish. No one would accuse this of being a Bordeaux with its sweet, sunny disposition, but it was far from being a new world bruiser - it was elegant, comfortable and absolutely delicious; a lovely wine at a beautiful place now.
In my opinion this needs more time. Tannins were screaming. We drank this with the 2005 and everyone picked the 2005 with no hesitation. This was thinner, and lighter in color. Not as elegant as the 2005. Much sharper with cherries, tea leaves, mint and eucalyptus. A very nice wine that would have been better if we didn't drink the 2005 first.
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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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