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 mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon, its fruit has been a key component of the Private Reserve Cabernet since 1982, and is a key component of Beringer 8th Maker Cabernet Sauvignon. St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet is characterized by classic Cabernet flavors of berries and black cherries layered with licorice and spice and a fleshy mid-palate. Careful attention is paid to vineyard blocks, which are kept separate and vinified with a goal of extracting maximum flavor.
"From a vineyard located just behind the estate at the base of Spring Mountain, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Home Vineyard stands out in the lineup for its seamless, sexy, incredibly elegant profile. Full-bodied notes of blackberry jam, cassis, spice, and graphite all emerge from this beauty, which has a rounded, opulent texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a rock star of a wine to enjoy over the coming 15 years or so.” - Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Chabot Vineyard is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 21 months in 36% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals a beautiful floral nose of roses, lavender and lilacs with a core of kirsch, blackcurrant pastilles, black cherries and warm plums with wafts of cigar box and tilled soil. Full, concentrated and featuring loads of red and black fruit layers, it has a very firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and a very long, perfumed finish. 479 cases produced." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018
"Dark and intense with a ton of blackberries and ripe cassis on the nose and just a hint of mint. Concentrated and powerful but well proportioned. The generous tannins are also very polished and balanced by delicate sweetness through the lingering finish. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling
A dry January was followed by a wet February, while temperatures remained mild. Bud break was early but slowed as April arrived with consistent showers. The growing season proceeded at a leisurely pace, allowing fruit to reach full maturity with balanced acid and complex layers of flavor.
The Saint 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.
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, winemaker Mark Beringer 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.
|Oak Treatment||Aged 21 months in 100% French Oak (47% new)|
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Case Production||453 cases|