Marston Vineyard perches on the slopes of Spring Mountain to the west of St. Helena, just a few miles uphill from the site of the Beringer brothers’ original St. Helena Home vineyard. The restrictive soil, mostly stony loam, produces grapes with highly developed fruit flavors. Within the vineyard, the terrain rises to approximately 1200 feet, varying between steep, terraced slopes to gently rolling land.
The 2011 Marston was harvested on October 31st and was aged for 17 months in barrel.
233 cases produced.
With Cabernet of this quality, we take a minimalist approach to winemaking. Winemakers use gentle pump-over techniques during fermentation for optimal extraction and then age the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak from coopers with whom Ed had long-established relationships. “I buy barrels from several coopers for these wines,” he explains. “Oak can be as individual as grapes, and different coopers bring out different nuances just as winemakers do. Some barrels are spicier, some have more caramel and vanilla notes.” The wines are put through 100-percent malolactic fermentation for added complexity and softness, and then aged for nearly two years before bottling.