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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch 2004
Score: N/A Tasting Notes: This wine showcases aromas of black berries, toasty oak, mint, white pepper and cocoa. Black fruit, cassis, caramel, vanilla, brown spices and hints of rose petals coat the palate as ripe supple tannins extend throughout the long finish. Web Site: Click Here
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A buttery fruity nose. Rich oaky mouth, lots of vanilla - good acidity, and some earthiness (corked?). Overall, not a lot there behind the oak. Later...it was corked, only slightly.
heavy on the butter and the toasted oak. There was even a bit of wheat and coffee in the nose. My best friend really enjoyed it, while I was overwhelmed by the oak.
honeysuckle and tropical fruit, drink it early to keep the apples & pears
my favorite chardonnay for the last 9 years, rich full bodied buttery oaky with tropical fruit.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch
Medium ruby. Welcoming aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and sexy oak. Lush, layered and sweet, with superb energy and depth to the black raspberry and bitter chocolate flavors. The longest on the aftertaste of these 2004 cabernets, finishing with very suave tannins and lovely aromatic persistence.
Production: 8,700 cases; Alcohol: 14.4%; Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Harvest Dates: September 14 to October 16. This blend of fruit from Steinhauer Ranch (42%), St. Helena Home Vineyard (18%), Bancroft Ranch (15%), Marston Ranch (11%), and the rest tiny quantities from Chabot Vineyard, Rancho del Oso and Lampyridae emerged from an unusual growing season for Napa. Heavy rains in February were followed by hot weather in March, April and May, and cooler than normal weather in June, July and August. The harvest began early and finished a short four weeks later, an unusually quick harvest. Sweet notes of licorice, cedar wood, blackberries, toast, pepper and bay leaf are all present in this big, full-bodied, opulent, lusty California-styled wine. Exotic with loads of fruit and on a fast evolutionary track, the 2004 can be drunk now or cellared for another 10–15 years.
Rich, dense and chewy, with ripe plum, blackberry, fresh earth and mineral flavors, framed by smoky, cedary oak. Intense and persistent, ending with a mix of cherry and currant fruit. The tannins are firm but ripe. Needs time. Best from 2009 through 2018.
Ed Sbragia blends this wine from either sites. the Steinhauer Ranch on Howell Mountain made the largest contribution to this vintage (42 percent), followed by the St. Helena Home Ranch (18) and Bancroft Ranch (15). His 2004 shares the lush seamlessness that has long characterized the blend, but it also has a dark savor, with more character to the tannins than has been apparent in past vintages. the saturated fruit has a gunflint edge,, a tight, mineral structure that will develop with age. Serve it with the dark meat of game birds, such as roast squab.
This is a big, rich, flashy Cab. It’s very ripe, brimming with jammy blackberry, currant, chocolate-covered raisin and spicy olive flavors. Drinks soft and opulent in instant appeal, but doesn’t seem like a longterm ager. Best now through 2010.
Beringer is the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley, and is now on the historic landmark registry. This Chardonnay exemplifies this history, with classical undertones, and notes of toasted hazelnut and brown butter showing on the front of the palate. Limited release.
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