1998 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Chabot Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena

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Community Tasting Note

  • mflesh wrote: 93 points

    December 31, 2013 - Still has life left in it. Drink by 2010? Yeah, not so much, but I didn't think much by the 100+ drinkability report. Beringer always has the gusto. Heck, the 1982's are still drinking well. This one was uncorked with the Code38 - not taking any chances, but the cork was still very sound and only with about 4mm of cork bleed all the way around. There was a nice amount of sediment on the neck, but none of it was in the bottle. This one was aged nicely in Beringer's cellar before it was bought by Cellar360. The wine poured a clear ruby red into the glass. The nose was cherry liqueur with age. The front of the experience was cherry, a little earthy, but incredibly soft and silky on the front with a nice beautiful beginning. The mid-palate turned a little darker, with some aged fig and even a slight amount of plum. I thought the finish kind of had some cedar spice- - there was a sweetness associated with it, with some earthy loam. The aftertaste was actually quite pleasant - more of an aged cherry liqueur aftertaste than a plum/fig/nastiness aftertaste. This wine still probably has 6-7 years left with good care, but I wouldn't say that it has much more. If you have over a half dozen of these, it's time to start drinking it. But done? Meh....drinkability report is just plain wrong here. This one isn't done until 2020.

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  • tomoem commented:

    11/3/17, 9:36 PM - I had the wine tonight which I acquired from the winery. What great and succinct notes from this CT member. I wholeheartedly agree with these these tasting notes. Spot on !!

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