From the Cellar

Beringer 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (California)

30 Nov 2021

Beringer 2012


(January 19, 2021) ... This is a wine that I did both the bottle and decanter versions with (meaning I tried both methods to see which way I enjoyed the wine more) and here's how it turned out ...

Bottle - lots of dark berry fruit and spice with rugged tannins; the acidity is decent with mocha, earthy and smoky notes ... It opens slowly but does smooth out in the end with lots of dark fruit; an exciting way to enjoy a bottle of wine and watch what time can do to it.

Decanted - red fruit with chocolate still smoky with notes of cherry and tobacco but it never really changes from there. The drawback of enjoying a wine decanted is you miss all that middle stuff as the wine opens.

The more exciting version of this wine was the one from bottle, watching it open over the course of 3 hours is definitely more enjoyable than having it ready right away. Once again I prove to myself what I already know to be true - but it's nice to remind oneself every-so-often.


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