"My great-great grandfather, Jacob Beringer, founded Beringer Vineyards with his brother in 1876 with the simple but audacious goal of producing world-class wines rivaling those from their home country of Germany. Today, I have the great honor of being Chief Winemaker at Beringer Vineyards and continuing the unique winemaking legacy of those that came before me including Myron Nightingale, Ed Sbragia, and Laurie Hook. As such, it is a pleasure for me to share the 2012 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was made by now Winemaker Emeritus Laurie Hook, and is the 35th vintage of this iconic Napa Valley Cabernet. Long the flagship wine for Beringer Vineyards and a bottle that has always had a place at my family table for special occasions, the Private Reserve remains an expression of the best of each vintage. In the case of 2012, the vintage was a particularly strong one – a long, even growing season and minimal weather challenges resulted in a harvest of great quality and quantity. The vineyards that comprise the blend of Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon represent one of the primary reasons I came back ‘home’ to Beringer - spanning elevations and appellations that are the very best of Napa Valley. The 2012 Private Reserve has a core of Howell Mountain fruit which will lend the blend great ageability, and a quarter of the blend comes from the St. Helena Home vineyard on the estate originally purchased by the Beringer brothers over 140 years ago. As a winemaker, there is no greater thrill than working with exemplary vineyards and contributing to a tradition that is as rich and important as that of Beringer Vineyards." -Mark Beringer
The Beringer reserve vineyards offer Cabernet Sauvignon of such quality that a minimalist approach to winemaking has long defined this special blend. Each vineyard is vinified separately and carefully monitored from the moment the fruit comes into the winery at Harvest. 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.