About the Wine
"After years of visiting the world's best wine producers, I cannot think of too many cellars where I have walked out shaking my head at such an extraordinary range of quality."~ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
In 1875, the Beringer brothers, Jacob and Frederick, embarked on a remarkable journey from Germany to America, driven by their passion for winemaking. They honed their craft in Germany before arriving in Napa Valley, where Jacob worked at Charles Krug's winery. In 1878, Jacob made a bold move and acquired 200 acres of land from William Daenger. This marked the beginning of the legendary Beringer Winery, nestled near Spring Mountain and the northern edge of St. Helena.
Jacob Beringer's vision led to the construction of the iconic three-story stone house that stands proudly on the estate to this day. In 1884, Frederick joined his brother, and together, they planted Chasselas, Riesling, and Zinfandel. The winery quickly gained prominence, producing over 40,000 cases of wine, a remarkable feat for the time.
Beringer Winery boasts numerous "firsts" in Napa Valley's history, from gravity-fed facilities to hand-dug caves and cellars. They even pioneered public tours in 1934, setting a hospitality standard. Notably, Beringer remains the only winery to have both a red and a white wine named #1 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator Magazine.
Mark Beringer, the eighth winemaker at Beringer, the great-great-grandson of the founder, continues the family legacy as the overseer of winemaking. Beringer sources its grapes from the finest vineyards in Knights Valley, St. Helena, and Howell Mountain AVAs, with a special focus on crafting exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon.
As pioneers and icons in the Napa Valley, Beringer's commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. Beringer wines have received impressive ratings, with 95+ points awarded by Wine Advocate 48 times and James Suckling recognizing their excellence on 55 occasions.
2019 was a fabulous year for Napa Valley. Wine Spectator awarded this year a 97-point score, and Vinous Media gave it 96 points saying that "The 2019 Napa Valley Cabernets have turned out beautifully. 2019 is a very high-quality vintage of Cabernets that will be easy to drink and enjoy with minimal cellaring. The extra kick of late heat softened the tannins, making the wines a pleasure to taste and drink."
Aging: 20 months in 100% French Oak Barrels.
Tasting Notes:99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot. Rich, well-structured, full-bodied, and impeccably balanced. Its velvety palate reveals flavors of blackberry, cassis, cocoa, tobacco, dark chocolate, espresso, subtle oak, vanilla, clove, and a touch of baking spice. With fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity, it's a delightful symphony of taste.
Lovely minty, rhubarb and currant aromas with some citrus rind and mushrooms. It all follows through to a medium body with lovely, fine tannins. Fresh and vivid. 99% cabernet sauvignon and 1% merlot. Drinkable now, but even better in 2024. ~94 James Suckling
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