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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch 1995

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Winemaker Ed Sbragia has created this 1995 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by combining the distinctive wines produced from our estate vineyards in the proportions he believes best express the vintage: Bancroft Ranch in the Howell Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) (34 percent), characterized by forward fruit with the classic Cabernet flavor of ripe, sweet cassis (black currant).Tre Colline Vineyard in the Howell Mountain AVA (36 percent), a vineyard that produces dense Cabernet with the aromas and flavors of black and red berries, a slightly earthy note and firm tannins. Chabot Vineyard (19 percent), known for inky, highly structured Cabernet with distinctive flavors of black currant, mint and cedar. And St. Helena Home Vineyard (8 percent), which contributes flavors of berries and black cherries layered with licorice and spice. In the final assemblage, Ed also included 3 percent Cabernet Franc from Tre Colline Vineyard for additional flavor complexity and length on the finish. After a cool, rainy beginning, the 1995 growing season turned out to be excellent in the Napa Valley. Yields were lowered by wet weather that delayed the flowering season and by reduced set. The cool conditions in the evenings and early mornings lengthened the growing season and allowed time for the development of rich flavors and deep colors. "The growing season was long," explained winemaker Ed Sbragia, "but patience brought success." The grapes for this wine were handpicked from October 9 through November 6, as the grapes reached optimal maturities block by block in the selected vineyards. The long harvest period reflects the individual maturation rates in the vineyards' varied soils and microclimates. To preserve the unique character engendered by each vineyard, Ed vinified and aged the fruit from each separately. During fermentation, he pumped the juice over gently for optimal extraction, tasting each of the wines daily until they reached what he considered the peak of color and flavor. He then put the wines into new, custom-toasted, French Nevers oak barrels. "The coopers I work with know exactly what I want," Ed explains, "a soft, caramel/vanilla character that comes from slow toasting over lower temperatures, rather than a smokey quality." Ed aged the wines for nearly 22 months at controlled temperature and humidity levels.

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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
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02/20/2008

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External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/11/2011

The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley reveals a deep ruby color, followed by copious quantities of sweet black currant fruit, good acidity, light tannin, and a round, lush, seductive finish... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1995 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 750ml


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
05/06/2013

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 1995 - Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Magnum - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 1500 ml.


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Red wine - 1995 - Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Magnum - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 1500 ml.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Vineyard exhibits a fragrant, smoky nose of loamy soil scents, underbrush, and ripe, brandy-infused black currants and cherries. This rich wine is full-bodied, wit... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1995 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena Home Vineyard 750ml



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Winemaker Ed Sbragia has created this 1995 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by combining the distinctive wines produced from our estate vineyards in the proportions he believes best express the vintage: Bancroft Ranch in the Howell Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) (34 percent), characterized by forward fruit with the classic Cabernet flavor of ripe, sweet cassis (black currant).Tre Colline Vineyard in the Howell Mountain AVA (36 percent), a vineyard that produces dense Cabernet with the aromas and flavors of black and red berries, a slightly earthy note and firm tannins. Chabot Vineyard (19 percent), known for inky, highly structured Cabernet with distinctive flavors of black currant, mint and cedar. And St. Helena Home Vineyard (8 percent), which contributes flavors of berries and black cherries layered with licorice and spice. In the final assemblage, Ed also included 3 percent Cabernet Franc from Tre Colline Vineyard for additional flavor complexity and length on the finish. After a cool, rainy beginning, the 1995 growing season turned out to be excellent in the Napa Valley. Yields were lowered by wet weather that delayed the flowering season and by reduced set. The cool conditions in the evenings and early mornings lengthened the growing season and allowed time for the development of rich flavors and deep colors. "The growing season was long," explained winemaker Ed Sbragia, "but patience brought success." The grapes for this wine were handpicked from October 9 through November 6, as the grapes reached optimal maturities block by block in the selected vineyards. The long harvest period reflects the individual maturation rates in the vineyards' varied soils and microclimates. To preserve the unique character engendered by each vineyard, Ed vinified and aged the fruit from each separately. During fermentation, he pumped the juice over gently for optimal extraction, tasting each of the wines daily until they reached what he considered the peak of color and flavor. He then put the wines into new, custom-toasted, French Nevers oak barrels. "The coopers I work with know exactly what I want," Ed explains, "a soft, caramel/vanilla character that comes from slow toasting over lower temperatures, rather than a smokey quality." Ed aged the wines for nearly 22 months at controlled temperature and humidity levels.

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