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Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Base Neck Fill 1996

Winemaker's Notes:

Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Ed and his winemaking partner Laurie Hook used gentle pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak. The wines went through 100% malolactic fermentation for added complexity and softness, and were aged just over two years before Ed selected the blend - 48% Steinhauer Ranch, 23% St. Helena Home Ranch, 8% Marston Vineyard, 7% Bancroft Ranch, 6% Rancho del Oso, and 2% Chabot. Also added to the blend is a touch of Cabernet Franc (6%) from Bancroft and Steinhauer Ranches. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, cedar and dark chocolate transition to rich expressions of black fruit, vanilla and brown spices on the palate as ripe supple tannins linger throughout the extracted and long finish.

Beringer Vineyards:
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed ... Read more
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed Sbragia continue to draw from over a dozen vineyards to create world-class wines from varying soil compositions and climates. The winery managed to survive, and even thrive, during Prohibition by selling sacramental wines with a federal license. Since the wine was being made for religious purposes, it was legal! A unique aspect of Beringer is the tunnel system that was carved into the side of Spring Mountain around 1880. Chinese immigrant workers, the same workers that helped build the Trans-Continental Railroad, spent years hand-chiseling the 1,200 feet of tunnels. To this day, the tunnels act as a natural insulator, keeping the temperature between 58 and 60 degrees year-round, ideal for storing wine. Read less

External Reviews for Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Base Neck Fill

External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Red wine - 1996 - Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Bancroft - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

...Tangy seductive aromas of black raspberry toast flowers and dark chocolate. Rich thick supple and harmonious; very strong extract. Very long finish features sweet tannins. This is superb for the vintage and more stylish than it appeared from barrel a year ago. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

Red wine 1996 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Bancroft USA Region: California Apellation: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml. Free Shipping Insurance


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

...One minute it s all cherries and smoke; the next it heaves up a great draught of currants cocoa and cedar. It s a big wine but deceptive; the tannins are airy and lilting there s charm and underneath enormous complexity. It s best left alone for a few more years but it s really very lovely now. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Red wine - 1996 - Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Complex aromas of dried currant anise herb and tar are rich and elegant on the palate with the tannins softening. Has excellent structure. The best of two bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2009. Wine Spectator.



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Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Ed and his winemaking partner Laurie Hook used gentle pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak. The wines went through 100% malolactic fermentation for added complexity and softness, and were aged just over two years before Ed selected the blend - 48% Steinhauer Ranch, 23% St. Helena Home Ranch, 8% Marston Vineyard, 7% Bancroft Ranch, 6% Rancho del Oso, and 2% Chabot. Also added to the blend is a touch of Cabernet Franc (6%) from Bancroft and Steinhauer Ranches. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, cedar and dark chocolate transition to rich expressions of black fruit, vanilla and brown spices on the palate as ripe supple tannins linger throughout the extracted and long finish.

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