93 Points Wine Advocate: The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve (9,000 cases produced) is a strong effort boasting a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of licorice, chocolate, roasted herbs, sweet oak, and blue and black fruits. It’s a classic, full-bodied Napa Cabernet with sweet tannin, decent acidity, and a long, heady finish. As I have written in the past, Beringer offers between 200-250 cases of each of their single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons that go into their Private Reserve program. Interestingly, as good as the single vineyard cuvees tend to be, and they’re all very different, the Private Reserve blend is as good or better than the finest single vineyard, demonstrating that the blending process is essential and important.
Wine has a very rich history which dates back to about 6000 BC. It first appeared in Europe, in the Balkans, in 4500 BC and was quite popular in ancient Greece, Thrace and Rome. Wine plays a very important and significant role in religion throughout history. Wine is produced through the fermentation of crushed grapes by using various types of yeast.
Jacob Beringer left his home in Germany, in 1868, for the sunny shores of California where the soil and climate was perfectly suited for growing wine grapes. In 1870, Napa Valley was his final destination where he bought land with his brother Frederick, in 1875, and they began producing wines that were on the same level as the first-class wines that Jacob had developed in Europe. Beringer Winery was founded in 1876. Chinese workers were employed to hand-chisel rock tunnels that were to be used for the storage and aging of wines. Though these tunnels took many years to complete, they turned out to be an excellent facility till date. Beringer Vineyards continue to house and age fine wines today, in these fantastic tunnels built years ago.
A farmhouse on the property, which was previously the residence of Jacob Beringer, and was referred to as Hudson house, now serves as Beringer Vineyards' Culinary Arts Center. Rhine House is the 17 room mansion that was built by Frederick in order to recreate the family house on the Rhine River in Germany. This legendary home is now on the National Register of Historic Places.