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Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch 2004

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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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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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Member Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
2.00 5
02/05/2008

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.


Snooth User: Wine Girl
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1.00 5
06/14/2007

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.


Snooth User: enochchoi
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4.00 5
06/11/2007

honeysuckle and tropical fruit, drink it early to keep the apples & pears


Snooth User: Kathy Roy
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3.50 5
06/12/2012

Test


Snooth User: EChoi
63125
4.00 5
04/26/2007

my favorite chardonnay for the last 9 years, rich full bodied buttery oaky with tropical fruit.


Snooth User: katysloan
13841946
3.50 5
02/17/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Steinhauer Ranch

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/07/2013

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.


External Review
03/05/2009

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.


External Review
04/18/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/07/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/07/2013

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.


External Review
04/18/2013

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.


External Review
02/05/2008

Beringer has set a standard for California Chardonnay style. The wonderfully exotic flavors in this wine are a terrific match for food.



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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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