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Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer

Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer makes our Winery Exclusive wines to honor his iconic familial heritage as well as highlight his own explorations. Each of the wines in this collection is made in limited production, and showcases a vineyard, varietal, blend or region that Mark feels merits its own bottling. Crafted to be enjoyed upon release, our winery exclusive wines are unique offerings with each vintage and reflect the quality, history and winemaking expertise that Beringer has been known for since 1876.

Tasting Notes

Mountain vineyards typically produce small, intensely flavored berries with evident tannins and robust, concentrated aromas and flavors.  Classic Cabernet earthiness and flavors of ripe, sweet black currant are joined by wild blackberry, ripe Asian plum and dried cherry.  Oak spice, mocha and espresso complete the flavor profile.  While drinkable now, this Cabernet will continue to evolve and offer pleasure for another decade or more.

Vineyard Notes

Bancroft Ranch Vineyard

A classic hillside vineyard at 1800 feet in the warmer Howell Mountain growing region near Angwin.  There are seven peaks and a variety of exposures, leaving fruit to ripen at different rates.  Above the fog line, the ranch receives ample sunshine.  Shallow soils sport white powdery tufa.

Marston Ranch Vineyard

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.  

Vintage Notes

The 2014 vintage offered an ideal growing season. Although California’s drought delivered 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. Knights Valley often sees greater fluctuation in temperature than Napa Valley, with intensely warm days that cool dramatically in the evening. The 2014 growing season was very even without any brutal heat spikes. Warm days with plenty of sunshine and cool evenings allowed for excellent ripening, phenolic and flavor development in the grapes.

Winemaking Notes

Vineyard lots are carefully segregated to allow each lot to be evaluated for inclusion in these limited release wines.  Individual lots are evaluated for specific flavor profiles before blending and aging.  This wine was 100% barrel aged for nearly two years (20 months) in 50% new French Oak.

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