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Beringer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2011

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"Beringer Founders' Estate wines combine Beringer legacy quality with everyday value created through the teamwork of Beringer Vineyards' wine and food masters, the Founders' Estate wines marry seamlessly with a variety of culinary tastes. Founders' Estate Smooth Red Blend is a fusion of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Together, these grapes display flavors of ripe raspberries, blackberries and plums with a hint of brown spice and vanilla that lead to a smooth finish, hence its name." -Importer

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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

External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
12/27/2014

Beringer Napa Valley Merlot is a quintessential expression of this beautiful varietal and the depth of flavors it can exhibit. This is an aromatic, inviting wine from the start. This wine is brimming with plum, blackberry and sweet vanilla aromas. The flavors are equally rich black cherry, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoke. The tannins are dense, and the finish is supple despite the heft and complexity of the wine overall.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/11/2014

The 2011 Merlot has a remarkable concentration of fruit with generous notes of black cherry and dark plum throughout. Finely grained tannins and a nice texture give this Merlot a distinct level of complexity while still being very approachable from the start. - Winery



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"Beringer Founders' Estate wines combine Beringer legacy quality with everyday value created through the teamwork of Beringer Vineyards' wine and food masters, the Founders' Estate wines marry seamlessly with a variety of culinary tastes. Founders' Estate Smooth Red Blend is a fusion of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Together, these grapes display flavors of ripe raspberries, blackberries and plums with a hint of brown spice and vanilla that lead to a smooth finish, hence its name." -Importer

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