Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1994


SKU 16984


This vintage was a dream year for Cabernet here in Napa Valley and shows what makes this winegrowing area so special. Our 1994 Cabernet combines intensity of flavor with tannins firm enough to promise long aging. The wine's sweet, ripe black currant and black fruit base brought an already-developed maturity to the wine, and I've watched these flavors evolve and intermingle with the toast and vanilla notes from the oak as I waited for the moment I considered this wine ripe for release. I believe I'll be watching this wine's personality develop and unfold for decades.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Beringer
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateBeringer's Private Reserve has always been one of my favorite California Cabernets, particularly since the late seventies. They can be drunk young, but age exceptionally well, giving every indication of holding their fruit and evolving nicely for two decades. The terrific 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve offers an opaque purple color, a gorgeous nose of toasty oak, and a silky, concentrated texture with unobtrusive acidity or tannin. The wine possesses layered richness, remarkable balance, sweet, pure fruit, and a finish that lasts for nearly 30 seconds.

Robert Parker, December 1997
  • st93

International Wine CellarGood red-ruby color. Reticent black cherry and mineral nose. Fat, sweet, lush fruit is currently kept under wraps by firm underlying structure. But this impressive cabernet has real dimension and depth. Finishes very long, with suave tannins. Should be a beauty. 93 points

Stephen Tanzer, May 1998
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorUltraripe and fleshy in texture, with a nice mix of mocha, currant, blackberry and stewed plum flavors that turn supple and graceful on the palate, finishing with a smooth aftertaste and ripe, integrated tannins.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. Drink now through 2008.

James Laube, November 15, 2004