Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
The fully mature, open-knit 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is totally delicious. The color is dark garnet with some amber at the edge. The big, sweet, licorice, earthy, jammy, black fruit-scented nose is followed by a full-bodied, sweet, expansive, chewy wine with no hard edges. The acidity and tannin are both well-integrated in this plump, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for 5-6 more years.
Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year for 1990, now mature and perhaps a shade past its prime. The flavors are ripe and complex plum and currant, with hints of anise and spice, but it turns dry and tannic on the finish. Quite consistent through several tastings.