About this WINE
Based in St. Helena, the company derives its fruit primarily from Napa, but also from Knights Valley and Carneros, while Yountville in the south of the Valley is the primary source of its Chardonnay grapes. The company's best Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots come from fruit grown in the Bancroft Range 200ft above sea level on Howell Mountain.
Like many Californian wineries Beringer operate at various levels, producing very reasonable wines for the mass market, very fine varietal wines aimed at the discerning consumer and then at the very top end a selection of Private Reserve wines fit to rank alongside the best found anywhere in the world. We have always been astonished at how consistent their quality can be across such a wide spectrum of levels.
The premium Chardonnays being powerful, yet balanced and focused, and amongst California's best. The premium reds combine power with finesse and have superb cellaring potential.
The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.
It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.
The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.
Antonio Galloni - 27/12/2012
Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate - Issue#204 Dec 2012