- 1997 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley (8/1/2006)
Very dark and youthful. The nose was rather closed, but opened well with a 2 hour decanting: much oak, much depth, much dark fruit, some earthiness and a nice freshness and lift from the cranberry-like fruit and cassis. The palate was voluptiously fruity, with surprisingly fine acidity compared to most Californians I've tried. There is fine depth to the palate as well. The tannins, though soft, are very plentiful and coupled with the fine fruit and high acidity, I feel that this has quite a while to go before being at peak. But it is enjoyable now also. A fine Californian and not at all as over the top as many others I've tried!
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