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2000 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Home Vineyard Napa Valley

2000 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Home Vineyard Napa Valley
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2000 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Home Vineyard Napa Valley

2000 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Home Vineyard Napa Valley


91 points - Wine & Spirits

Generous red currant flavors follow a graceful line, completely filling the depth and length of the structure. It's silky and accessible on release.


Vintage
The 2000 growing season started out cold but a warm spell in late March encouraged normal budbreak and flowering in the Cabernet vineyards. Generally cool temperatures continued through most of the summer, resulting in well-developed flavors in the fruit. Temperatures warmed at harvest in Napa Valley, allowing the grapes to achieve full physiological maturity. The weather was dry and generally cooler until September when warmer temperatures helped the Cabernet vineyards along in their development, allowing full ripening. The quality was promising at harvest and Ed was optimistic that the vintage would be very good to excellent.

The Vineyard
The St. Helena Home Vineyard is largely responsible for the establishment of Beringer Vineyards because this site, situated around the present-day winery, first attracted founder Jacob Beringer to the property in 1875. Today, vineyard manager Bob Steinhauer says that its fruit characteristics are the result of “a perfect climate and perfect soils” for Cabernet. The vineyard is formed of a sloped alluvial fan of rock and gravelly soils with little capacity to hold water. Planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon, its fruit has been a key component of the Private Reserve Cabernet since 1982. The 2000 St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet is a rich, persistent, balanced wine with classic berry and black cherries layered with licorice and spice.

Winemaking
With Cabernet of this quality, Ed and Laurie take a minimalist approach to winemaking. They use gentle pump-over techniques during fermentation for optimal extraction and then age the wines in handselected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak from coopers with whom Ed has long-established relationships. “I buy barrels from several coopers for these wines,” he explains. “Oak can be as individual as grapes, and different coopers bring out different nuances just as winemakers do. Some barrels are spicier, some have more caramel and vanilla notes.” The wines are put through 100-percent malolactic fermentation for added complexity and softness, and then aged for nearly two years before bottling.
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$150.00  /  Bottle
 
$1,800.00  /  Case
 
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Vintage: 2000
Appellation: Napa Valley
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