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Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Member Review by judgelog:

Big, bold, smokey cab. Very nice balance, with a great nose.

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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

Member Reviews for Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: judgelog
34584867
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/09/2009

Big, bold, smokey cab. Very nice balance, with a great nose.


Snooth User: oxjinixo
74403169
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/13/2009

Had it with capellini con funghi - nothing fancy, and for just a simple glass with a simple homemade dinner? Why not? Mouthfeel adds a touch of elegance and brightness. Medium-ish body, surprisingly complex, deep cherry-sh flavors. Silky tannin, just enough of a hint (as of yet, I don't like chewy wines).


Snooth User: BigToys
36078115
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/04/2009

For me the Knight's Valley is a dark ruby red, with moderate aroma, earthy, sticky, blackberry jam. It had a dry, medium body ,and the flavors we're amazing with a long finish. It was fantastic with a bolognese pulled from the freezer.


Snooth User: BasilNew
45179385
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/12/2010

My 5-wine rating only applies to wines priced below $25. In that price range...this cab is awesome. A bit softer than some of the Cabs that come from the main Napa Valley further south of Knights Valley. Very lush and plush. Full bodied but a "velvety smoothness" that's quite unique. Might have to do with the slight bit of Merlot/Cab Franc/Syrah that tyically makes up about 5-8% of the blend. If you prefer Meritage over Cab...then this is your Cab. Not in the same class as Dominus or Opus, but better than many Cabs in the $35-$50 range. I can regularly find it for 16-19 dollars with shopping card discounts. Haven't tried the 2007 yet...but the 1998-2006 have never dissapointed me.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/20/2009

Nice plummy nose. Great mineral undertones. Despite the fruit its a very woody wine in which drying tannins dominate. Long finish and secondary flavors like tobacco come through.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/01/2010

This single vineyard cab is one of my favorite wines ever tasted. Spectacular floral laced cab. It's beautiful, densely concentrated and super complex. Awesome!! - Tasted at the Beringer Rhine House 4/20/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/06/2010

Perfumed floral nose of cassis and black berry concentrate. Elegant mouthfeel. Stewed berry compote o black fruit on the palate. Nicely balanced, with some wood and spice notes. Very nice. - Tasted at Beringer Private Reserve Tasting at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas 4/5/10


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External Reviews for Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Vintage: 2006 02/24/2010

Beringer Founder's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (12 Monate), lagerfähig 3 - 5 Jahre ab Jahrgang,,Jahrgang: 2006Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: KalifornienWeingut: Beringer VineyardsRebsorte: Cabernet SauvignonRestzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: 0.14 Rotwein


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/18/2011

Good red-ruby. Red currant and plum on the nose, plus a dusty element that blew off with aeration. Juicy and nicely delineated, with black cherry and cedar flavors brightened by green peppercorn. A fresh style, finishing with firm-edged tannins that call for a year or two of patience. Knights Valley fruit brings higher acidity and rougher tannins, notes winemaker Laurie Hook. "We try to get ripeness without an overripe, jammy character," she said, adding that some St. Helena cabernet and merlot are blended in to give more mid-palate flesh to this wine.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 12/31/2010

Granatrote Farbe, Aromen von Holz, schwarzem Pfeffer und Lebkuchengwürz. Am Gaumen gut strukturiert, reich, Aromen von Heidelbeeren, mit einer leichten Tabaknote.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/18/2011

Good deep, bright ruby. Black cherry, licorice and fresh herbs on the slightly medicinal nose. At once dense and juicy, with lively acidity and a firm tannic spine keeping the bright dark berry and licorice flavors under wraps today. This has good weight and balance and finishes with broad, serious, building tannins that call for a year or two of patience. Already showing a bit of flesh, but give this another year or two to round out in bottle.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/18/2011

Firm, intense and concentrated, with spicy, loamy earth, dried berry, sage and herbal scents. Full-bodied, ending with chewy tannins and a dash of black licorice. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/18/2011

Rich, with loamy earth, currant, sage, dill and dried berry fruit that's very tight, tannic and compact. Should benefit from short-term cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 03/03/2010

Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 750ML


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