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Beringer Vineyards Syrah Shiraz Napa Valley 2004

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Volcanic in origin and low in fertility, the soils of this historic mountain vineyard have for decades been highly regarded for both Bordeaux and Rhene varietals, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Marston Ranch is actually a contiguous, multi-level string of smaller vineyards on the front and back sides of a hill in the Spring Mountain appellation just west of St. Helena. This wine exhibits a dense opaque purple color, copious quantities of blackberry, mineral, tar, and licorice aromas and flavors, medium to full body, and sweet tannin in the finish. Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | Issue #168 December 26, 2006Rated 88 An outstanding effort that exhibits beautiful blueberry, black raspberry, and floral characteristics, less spice than expected, but lovely purity, medium body, and surprising elegance as well as length. It will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 10-12.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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  • 2004

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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

Volcanic in origin and low in fertility, the soils of this historic mountain vineyard have for decades been highly regarded for both Bordeaux and Rhene varietals, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Marston Ranch is actually a contiguous, multi-level string of smaller vineyards on the front and back sides of a hill in the Spring Mountain appellation just west of St. Helena. This wine exhibits a dense opaque purple color, copious quantities of blackberry, mineral, tar, and licorice aromas and flavors, medium to full body, and sweet tannin in the finish. Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | Issue #168 December 26, 2006Rated 88 An outstanding effort that exhibits beautiful blueberry, black raspberry, and floral characteristics, less spice than expected, but lovely purity, medium body, and surprising elegance as well as length. It will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 10-12.

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