2005 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Home Vineyard Napa Valley
The St. Helena Home Vineyard is a rich, extracted and balanced wine with blackberry and cassis aromas layered with dark chocolate and licorice flavors. - Winemaster, Ed Sbragia
$115.00 / Bottle
$1,380.00 / Case
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About This Wine
The Vineyards 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. 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.
Vintage The 2005 vintage got off to a cool start and featured heavy rains towards the end of February, which transitioned into the warmest March on record with temperatures reaching the low 90's. The warm weather continued through May but summer months were cooler than normal. Eight to ten very warm days towards the end of summer helped push maturity. Winemaster Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook decided to harvest the majority of the fruit from early September through mid-October as each block reached the full-flavored maturity they were seeking.
Winemaking With Cabernet of this quality, Ed and Laurie believe in taking a minimalist approach to winemaking. Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, the winemaking team used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines for approximately two years in handselected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak from coopers with whom they have long-established relationships.