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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch 1997

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Each year since 1981 Beringer Winemaster Ed Sbragia creates his Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by choosing the most expressive fruit from a handful of vineyards. His ultimate goal is a wine with a complex aroma, flavor and structural profile that layers the individual vineyard characteristics into a cohesive and balanced whole. Individual lots of Cabernet Sauvignon from Bancroft Ranch, Tre Colline Vineyard (both on Howell Mountain), Chabot Vineyard, and St. Helena Home-all regular Private Reserve contributors-were blended with a small portion from the Marston Ranch on Spring Mountain.Vintage 1997 has already been recognized as exceptional within a decade of outstanding vintages, producing wines of deep concentration and rich tannins that promise longevity. The yields were generous, as were the flavors. Said vineyard manager Bob Steinhauer, "everyone seems to have focused on the size of the crop, but I've been more impressed with the quality. We saw spectacular fruit across the varietals." The grapes for this wine were harvested from September 12 through October 11.Ed hand-selected new thin-staved French oak (Nevers) barrels to match the wines. "Each barrel cooper brings out different nuances in oak and consequently the barrels can have distinctive personalities very much like vineyards," Ed explains. "I used a majority of barrels from the Nevers forest because I think it does a nice job of subtly integrating with the wine." The wines were aged for just over 22 months and Ed tasted them regularly to monitor their development. In deciding the final blend, he added 3% Cabernet Franc to elongate the finish. Intense black fruit and ripe plum aromas have an edge of smoky oak, Corsican mint and cedar spice. Dense, bright fruit flavors of ripe cherries, black currants and blackberries mingle with brown spices and cedar. A rich texture carries the fruit along to the back of the palate.Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | 2000A sensational effort. The opaque plum/purple color is followed by a super nose of smoked herbs, melted licorice, and cassis jam. Full-bodied, with a silky texture, and an opulent personality, this sexy, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon will be delicious young, yet last for 18-20 years.Wine Spectator | October 31, 2001Showing hints of maturity, with a complex array of cedar, currant, dried cherry and anise flavors that turn supple and firms up nicely on the finish.

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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 Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch

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Snooth User: buttswirls
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3.00 5
05/07/2011

Just opened another bottle - while it isn't outstanding anymore, the profile is a little flat, it still is holding up after all these years.


Snooth User: Jim Slemaker
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5.00 5
07/18/2007

I love this Chard. it's done in a big california way. lots of oak. lots of fruit upfront. a nice oily finish. just excellent.


Snooth User: joshua
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4.50 5
10/05/2007

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/06/2009

The 1997 Chardonnay Private Reserve (20,000 cases) was given complete barrel fermentation as well as malolactic, and aged in small barrels, of which 85% were new. One of California's finest Chardonnays, this effort has consistently been an outstandin... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 1997 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve 750ml



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Each year since 1981 Beringer Winemaster Ed Sbragia creates his Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon by choosing the most expressive fruit from a handful of vineyards. His ultimate goal is a wine with a complex aroma, flavor and structural profile that layers the individual vineyard characteristics into a cohesive and balanced whole. Individual lots of Cabernet Sauvignon from Bancroft Ranch, Tre Colline Vineyard (both on Howell Mountain), Chabot Vineyard, and St. Helena Home-all regular Private Reserve contributors-were blended with a small portion from the Marston Ranch on Spring Mountain.Vintage 1997 has already been recognized as exceptional within a decade of outstanding vintages, producing wines of deep concentration and rich tannins that promise longevity. The yields were generous, as were the flavors. Said vineyard manager Bob Steinhauer, "everyone seems to have focused on the size of the crop, but I've been more impressed with the quality. We saw spectacular fruit across the varietals." The grapes for this wine were harvested from September 12 through October 11.Ed hand-selected new thin-staved French oak (Nevers) barrels to match the wines. "Each barrel cooper brings out different nuances in oak and consequently the barrels can have distinctive personalities very much like vineyards," Ed explains. "I used a majority of barrels from the Nevers forest because I think it does a nice job of subtly integrating with the wine." The wines were aged for just over 22 months and Ed tasted them regularly to monitor their development. In deciding the final blend, he added 3% Cabernet Franc to elongate the finish. Intense black fruit and ripe plum aromas have an edge of smoky oak, Corsican mint and cedar spice. Dense, bright fruit flavors of ripe cherries, black currants and blackberries mingle with brown spices and cedar. A rich texture carries the fruit along to the back of the palate.Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | 2000A sensational effort. The opaque plum/purple color is followed by a super nose of smoked herbs, melted licorice, and cassis jam. Full-bodied, with a silky texture, and an opulent personality, this sexy, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon will be delicious young, yet last for 18-20 years.Wine Spectator | October 31, 2001Showing hints of maturity, with a complex array of cedar, currant, dried cherry and anise flavors that turn supple and firms up nicely on the finish.

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