Red

2004 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 188

  • dsimmons Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 23, 2020 - My last bottle of this beauty. Excellent mature cab. Elegant fruit with a complex flavor profile. Give it about an hour of air. Drink or hold

  • AllRed wrote: 88 points

    February 22, 2020 - 4th Saturday Group: Old vs Young (T&L's): Black fruit with funky vegetal overtones. Medium-bodied with slightly coarse tannin and flavors of black fruit, tobacco and more vegetal elements. The fruit is good, but the vegetal elements are somewhat distracting...perhaps a touch of brettanomyces.

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  • Apollo5710 wrote: 93 points

    November 29, 2019 - Stored in a climate-controlled cellar since purchase on release. The complex nose immediately leaped from the glass to reveal a plethora of earthy/minty dark fruit notes (e.g., blackberry, blueberry, mulberry) coupled with licorice, cassis, and a hint of chocolate. Good inner core of fruit on the rich palate accompanied by a still notable acidic/tannic structure, although quite suave and polished. We struggled about whether we should decant or not, ultimately deciding to decant, which I now regret. The wine was at its best in the first few hours, with the nose being the highlight, morphing into cedar, forest floor, followed by dark chocolate, coffee, and graphite. It seemingly changed with each whiff and sip. After 3-4 hours, spice and soy came to the fore, although it was at this point that it began to lose some weight and depth in the mouth (coupled with some harshness). My score is based on the first 2-3 hours, after which it declined. As such, I'd agree with previous tasters that this is still quite good, but might have already seen its best days.

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  • guitarguy Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 26, 2019 - A deep nose of cranberry and blueberry. Hints of cracked pepper, blue berries, moderate tannin, some heat with a bit of length. Probably not declining terribly but also can't think this hasn't been through the peak and maybe in a holding period. Seems like the fruit won't hold up past those sneaky tannins.

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  • BrunelloBob wrote: 91 points

    September 2, 2019 - Solid, outperformed a 2002 Lewis Reserve we had next.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Beringer’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: One of Napa Valley’s First Cult Wines (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 2004 Cabernets (Jun 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

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    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 2004 Cabernets (Jun 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Linda Murphy
    6/22/2008 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/14/2011 (link) 94 points

    (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)

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/12/2008 (link) 92 points

    (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)

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Cahors, Dessert Wines From Italy And Some Other Fun Fun, Episode #354, 11/20/2007 (link) 93 points

    (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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Beringer Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Private Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 087000337695, 089819090686, 089819916061, 089819916245

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 9 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3,359 (59%)
  • Consumed 2,371 (41%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Lamb, Beef, Duck, Game, steak

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  66 votes

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