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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain 2007

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2007 vintage red Wine by Beringer Vineyards from California, USA

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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 Vineyards Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain

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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
07/03/2009

Solid Chardonnay from Beringer. Citrus and vanilla with good acid. Nice richness and creamy texture.


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

Straw green in the glass. Nice smoky nose with toasted hazelnut. Wonderfully creamy and rich without being flabby and seeming overly ML. Really nice chard! - Tasted at the Beringer Rhine House 4/20/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
04/06/2010

Another super delicious chardonnay from Beringer Pvt Reserve. Lush bright fruit in a pedestal of rich, toasty oak which is creamy and laced with nice sweet brown spice. Elegant mouthfeel and nicely lingering. - Tasted at Beringer Private Reserve Tasting at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas 4/5/10


Snooth User: solargecko
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0.00 5
07/02/2010

As heard on Cellar Notes on WYPR.


Snooth User: Wezie
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1.50 5
08/02/2009

golden straw color, vanilla, pear, apple and oak aroma, taste of vanilla and oak, finish is creamy. not one of my favorite chardonnays


Snooth User: WineBibber
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0.00 5
07/07/2009

In general, I agree with the tasting notes of the other winos; but I think there is a missing tag--and flavor--that none have mentioned: luxurious toasted, smokey oak. To me, that's a Beringer Private Reserve and Beringer Sbragia signature. Mmmmm.

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  • Snooth User: WineBibber
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    5.00 5
    07/07/2009

    Five glasses


    External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain

    External Review
    05/07/2013

    Deep ruby. Lively aromas of cassis, licorice and violet. Sweet and lush but juicy, with a strong chocolatey character and excellent underlying backbone. Very densely packed cabernet, with suaver tannins than the Steinhauer or Lampyridae bottlings. Finishes with lingering licorice and bitter chocolate notes. A very successful blend: 70% from Howell Mountain, 14% St. Helena, 8% Mt. Veeder and 8% Spring Mountain.


    External Review
    05/07/2013

    Firm, intense and vibrant, featuring a complex, focused core of earthy currant, sage, black licorice and mineral. Full-bodied, yet sleek and trim on the finish, where the flavors are slow to unfold. Best from 2012 through 2022.


    External Review
    05/07/2013

    A barrel sample of the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve suggests it is as impressive as the great efforts of 2001, 2002, and 2004. Opulent and fleshy with an inky/blue/purple hue, it offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, blackberries, chocolate, forest floor, and underbrush. It is a dense, voluptuously-textured offering that is both a hedonistic and intellectual turn-on that will drink well for 15 or more years.


    External Review
    09/27/2011

    Serve this clean and simple Chardonnay as an apèritif, chilled to focus the mild, buttery oak and green, lemony fruit flavors.


    External Review
    04/24/2013

    Laurie Hook blended this wine from a collection of seven vineyards, the majority coming from Howell Mountain’s Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer sites (70 percent). The power and dark extract of that mountain fruit are plumped up by juicier notes of plums and fat blackberries, all of it wrapped in the char of oak. A potent vintage of Private Reserve, this is built to age ten years or more.


    External Review
    04/24/2013

    Production: 9,008 cases; Alcohol: 14.6%; Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Harvest Dates: September 10 to October 24. The 2007 Private Reserve is composed of 34% Bancroft Ranch, 33% Steinhauer Ranch, 8% Chabot Vineyard, 8% Lampyridae, and the remainder from St. Helena Home Vineyard, Marston Ranch and Rancho del Oso fruit. A mild spring and summer with only a handful of heat spikes was followed by beautiful weather in September and October. One of the finest Private Reserves made over the last two decades, this phenomenal wine is obviously still an infant in terms of development, but it exhibits a dense purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of blackberries, white chocolate, licorice, tobacco leaf, smoky barbecue, charcoal and a burning ember-like note reminiscent of a Graves from Bordeaux. A dense, luscious, full-bodied, opulent style, with sweet tannin, this locked and loaded, intense, full throttle Private Reserve should be accessible in 5–6 years and last for 25–30.


    External Review
    05/23/2011

    Lots of ripe, lush flavors of peaches and tropical fruit, a kiss of smoky oak, and a creamy mouthfeel make for easy drinking at an affordable price.


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