With each vintage of the acclaimed Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Beringer Winemaker Laurie Hook chooses the best lots from our reserve vineyards in the Napa Valley, each of which demonstrate remarkable expression of terroir. Beringer’s extraordinary collection of vineyards is the result of a significant and decades-long relationship between viticulture and winemaking. This partnership began with Ed Sbragia and Bob Steinhauer in the 1970’s, and continues today with Winemaker Laurie Hook and Vineyard Director Drew Johnson, who has cared for our vineyards for over 20 years. Winemaker Laurie Hook builds on the acclaimed consistency and quality of this wine with the 2010 vintage, which marks her 28th harvest with Beringer
VINTAGE & VINEYARDS
With few exceptions, the growing season was slightly cooler than normal overall with healthy grapevines throughout Napa Valley. Vintage 2010 welcomed the return of rainfall to the region with annual precipitation averaging about 20% percent above average, but without any incident or flooding. Overall, quantities were lighter in some sites but concentration and quality were excellent owing to a long, cool growing season. St. Helena Home vineyard again provides the foundation for this year’s blend, which has been part of the Private Reserve blend since 1982. This vineyard was part of the original acreage that founders Jacob and Frederick Beringer purchased in 1875 with the Beringer estate. The longer, cooler vintage created ideal growing conditions for vineyards on the valley floor which is where the 2010 Private Reserve is sourced from almost exclusively. Much of the blend comes from Chabot vineyard, which was the entirety of the blend in the inaugural 1977 Private Reserve Cabernet. Grapes for the 2010 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested between October 10th and October 27th.
The Beringer reserve vineyards offer Cabernet Sauvignon of such quality that a minimalist approach to winemaking has long defined this special blend. Each vineyard block was vinified and monitored carefully by Laurie, from the moment the fruit came into the winery at Harvest. Laurie used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak (93% new). Each lot was aged for 18 months before selection of the final blend, to allow each vineyard to express the depth of its unique terroir.
66% St. Helena Home (St. Helena) 18% Chabot (St. Helena) 5% Tournahu (St. Helena) 7% Morisolli (Rutherford) 4% Verhey (Coombsville)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon