A Classic Cali Cab that may be the BEST wine we’ve ever offered…

A Classic Cali Cab that may be the BEST wine we’ve ever offered…

Posted on Mar, 04. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

UPDATE: SOLD OUT! The subject line above is a strong statement, but I’m pretty sure it’s accurate. We just landed a spectacular deal on the 2004 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. You’ve all probably heard or read stories about the “Depression” going on at the very high-end of the wine market — many luxury brands are reporting sales declines of 75% or more. Wineries with that cachet are very reluctant to discount, however, out of fear of damaging the long-term health of their brands, so we’ve seen shockingly few fire sale deals at the high end of the market much to our chagrin.

Well, perhaps things are finally starting to change. Heck, the Wine Spectator even ran a cover story about a month ago claiming “it’s finally a buyer’s market.” I can’t say that I necessarily agreed with them then, but if this deal is any indication, maybe they’re on to something…

I’m not really sure how to introduce this wine. Most of you know of Beringer, probably the top quality+volume producer in Napa Valley along with Robert Mondavi. Like Mondavi, while line extensions into lower price points have reduced the cachet of the brand at the high end, the quality of their luxury wines has been consistently exceptional — the Beringer and Mondavi Reserve cabs are consistently rated in the mid-90s, making them safe bets for a high quality drinking experience and still a reasonable “value” even at retail prices of $100 or more.

The 2004 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is just such a wine — Parker loved it, scoring it 95 points with the following notes (emphasis added):

The final blend for the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve has turned out fabulously. The wine’s dense purple color is accompanied by a rich, sumptuous bouquet of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, chocolate, toast, and spice box. It possesses fabulous fruit, low acidity, a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long, pure finish. This cuvee remains one of the most underrated great Cabernet Sauvignons of Napa. In vintages such as this, it is capable of lasting 20-25 years.

Other reviews? Tanzer – 94, Gary Vaynerchuck (WineLibrary) – 93, Wine Spectator – 93, CellarTracker (median score) – 93. Basically this is as rock solid a CA Cabernet as you’re going to find.

And the price? Wine Spectator lists the retail price as $116; the current median price nationwide on Wine Searcher is just over $100, although it can be had in a few places for $80 (plus tax and shipping, of course). What are we offering this wine for? You won’t believe it (and I’m not sure I do):

2004 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $100.00+ • SOLD OUT!

So when I said this “may be the BEST wine we’ve ever offered,” I meant that both in terms of the absolute quality level as well as the magnitude of the bargain. To get a classic CA cab with great scores, a great track record and some bottle age already on it at the price of many decent-but-not-exceptional cabernets today is just an outright steal.

We don’t have much of this, so please act fast if you’d like some and we’ll do our best to get it to you.

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