In an effort to provide our collectors with up to date information on our wines, Beringer Chief Winemaker Laurie Hook is delighted to share regular updated tasting notes on Private Reserve Cabernet.
The 2001 vintage got off to a quick start with warm weather in February and March, which caused bud break and fruit-set to occur 7-10 days earlier than normal. In early April, temperatures cooled down significantly and slowed the development of the clusters. Winter and spring rains were below average but were adequate to restore essential moisture in the soils. Moderate weather conditions through the rest of the growing season helped produce high quality grapes. Ed put the wines through 100-percent malolactic fermentation for added complexity and softness, and age them for nearly two years before Ed selects the blend that he feels layers the personalities of the vineyards into a harmonious whole.
PR Cab components: 44% Steinhauer Ranch, 17% Rancho del Oso, 17% Marston Vineyard, 13% St. Helena Home, 3% Bancroft Ranch, 1% Chabot, 5% Steinhauer Cabernet Franc
Winemaster Emeritus, Ed Sbragia, Chief Winemaker, Laurie Hook and Assistant Winemaker, Chris Louton share their thoughts as they taste through the Beringer Retrospective. This is a great opportunity to hear what the winemakers say today about the older vintage wines.