2002 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer Vineyard
I thought the 2002 Steinhauer Cabernet Sauvignon revealed impressive minerality along with white flowers, and serious density, structure, and delineation. It’s always a fascinating education to taste through these component parts, but the resulting blend that Ed Sbragia puts together, the extraordinary Private Reserve, is one of the great Cabernet Sauvignons of California and he has fashioned a succession of beauties since 1991. In fact, there are two gorgeous ones in the market, the profound 2001 and the flamboyant, exotic 2002.
Issue #162, December 2005
--The Wine Advocate
Ruby-red. Wild, musky aromas of minerals, smoked meat, coffee and earth. Fat and smooth but nicely delineated, with brooding berry and mineral flavors showing a restrained sweetness and plenty of class. Broad, airy, firmly tannic wine that will need at least a few years of aging. This vineyard has also served as the backbone of Beringer's Private Reserve since 2000 as a number of the company's other sites are in the process of being replanted. 92(+?) points
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 06
--International Wine Cellar
Loamy, earthy flavors are rich and dense, yet the earth and cedar flavors dominate the dried currant and earthen floor notes. Intense, persistent finish. Best from 2008 through 2013. 480 cases made. –JL
October 31, 2006
|Now Sold Out
Beringer’s Steinhauer Ranch, renamed in 2003 to honor the winery’s long-time vineyard manager, Bob Steinhauer, lies just northeast of the town of Angwin on Howell Mountain, at about 1800 feet elevation. Its soil is volcanic with a richly red color and the texture is friable and loose. When Beringer first planted the vineyard, Ed quickly recognized the distinctive character of the grapes, selecting its Cabernet as a regular part of the Private Reserve blend beginning in the 1993 vintage.
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