Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1994, Napa Valley, CA
A beautiful evolution of this 16 year cabernet sauvignon from one of Napa Valley’s oldest wineries. During Prohibition, the Beringer family was permitted to continue making alcohol for medicinal purposes, therefore saving many of its vineyards. I had one bottle of this wonderful cabernet in my cellar and just felt it was the right time to open it; indeed it was. Aromatics are off the charts, with lovely mature and complex notes showcasing black cassis, blackberry pie, graham cracker, polished leather and espresso, with complex background scents of lead pencil shavings. In the glass, it’s medium-bodied and lean given its age, but still has a good concentration of fruit. The supple tannins, low acidity, and alcohol are unobtrusive, allowing the cabernet grape to sing gracefully across the palate. A beautiful and elegant wine that can be enjoyed on its own, but it’s best shared over dinner with friends and family.