Lampyridae, “firefly” in Latin, is Napa’s highest vineyard at approximately 2400 ft elevation. This picturesque vineyard is high above the fog layer and has longer hours of sunshine and warmer nights, but days are cooler than the lower elevation vineyards. On clear days you can see all the way to San Francisco. One of the newest vineyards in the Private Reserve line-up, it shows incredible depth of flavor and intense, unique black fruit characters. The 2013 Lampyridae was aged for 20 months in 89% new French oak barrels. 100% Lampyridae Cabernet, 205 cases produced.
“As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Lampyridae Vineyard, this comes from a 2,800-foot elevation on Mt. Veeder. The wine offers incredibly sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, charcoal, an almost volcanic earthiness, and beautiful, sweet, velvety tannins. There are 283 cases, but again, all of this wine is sold directly to Beringer’s private membership club.” - Robert M. Parker, Jr, The Wine Advocate, December 2016
The 2014 vintage offered an ideal growing season. Although California’s drought brought another dry winter the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures. Throughout the Napa Valley the season was even and tempered with no heat spikes or early rain. Warm days with plenty of sunshine and cool evenings allowed for excellent ripening, phenolic and flavor development in the grapes. Overall, vintage 2014 wines are of very high quality.