Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer

Lampyridae, “firefly” in Latin, is Napa’s highest vineyard at approximately 2400 ft elevation.  This picturesque vineyard is high above the fog layer and has longer hours of sunshine and warmer nights, but days are cooler than the lower elevation vineyards.  On clear days you can see all the way to San Francisco.  One of the newest vineyards in the Private Reserve line-up, it shows incredible depth of flavor and intense, unique black fruit characters. The 2013 Lampyridae was aged for 20 months in 89% new French oak barrels. 100% Lampyridae Cabernet, 205 cases produced. 

95 Points - Wine Advocate

“As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Lampyridae Vineyard, this comes from a 2,800-foot elevation on Mt. Veeder. The wine offers incredibly sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, charcoal, an almost volcanic earthiness, and beautiful, sweet, velvety tannins. There are 283 cases, but again, all of this wine is sold directly to Beringer’s private membership club.” - Robert M. Parker, Jr, The Wine Advocate, December 2016

Vintage Notes

The 2014 vintage offered an ideal growing season. Although California’s drought brought another dry winter the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures. Throughout the Napa Valley the season was even and tempered with no heat spikes or early rain. Warm days with plenty of sunshine and cool evenings allowed for excellent ripening, phenolic and flavor development in the grapes. Overall, vintage 2014 wines are of very high quality.

Winemaking Notes

With Cabernet of this quality, a minimalist approach to winemaking is preferred to preserve the integrity of each site’s expression of terroir. Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Laurie used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of French Nevers oak from coopers with whom Beringer has long-established relationships.