See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Beringer 2011.
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Under its celebrated, long-term winemaker, Ed Sbragia, the historic Beringer winery established a reputation for big powerful Cabernets and Chardonnays at the expensive Private reserve end of its range. Under his successor Laurie Hook, the wines are more refined. This regular Napa Valley bottling has long been excellent (notably in 2009), although it is mid-tier rather than bargain basement. Aged for about 20 months in barriques, it cuts no corners. Beringer owns or leases high-quality vineyards throughout the valley. The best fruit is destined for the Private reserves, but whatever is left over, together with purchased fruit, will end up in the Napa bottlings.
Romain Bourger Very perfumed nose of baked plum, mint and florals. Lovely, delicate palate with great concentration but not overextracted. A long finish with lingering tannins. A hint of bitterness brings lively freshness.
Stephen Brook Charred oak dominates the nose with plum and black cherry fruit behind. Rich and voluptuous with surprising acidic lift. Intense, peppery and a bit linear, but has fine tension. Impeccable balance and a toasty finish.
Angela Mount Very Napa: dark, rich, seductive. Powerful and textured with complex layers and depth of black fruits. Tannins are well integrated. Super concentration and balance. Incredibly bright sweet finish. A gorgeous wine.
Price: £29 Majestic