Our winemakers craft Winery Exclusive wines to honor our winery heritage as well as to highlight our own viticultural explorations. Each of the wines in this collection are produced in limited quantities, showcasing a vineyard, varietal or growing region. Styled to be enjoyed upon release, these unique offerings may vary by vintage and reflect the quality, history and winemaking expertise that Beringer has been known for since 1876.
On the nose, immediate notes of red fruit flavors are pronounced. Black cherry, pomegranate, and cranberry ring true on the palate with an underlying hint of clove and allspice. The finish is fresh and exuberant with lingering flavors of black cherry.
2018 was a near perfect season, welcomed after several tense vintages. It began with abundant February rains followed by drying sun and weather allowing for even flowering and bud break. A slightly later start was followed by consistently ideal weather, with harvest beginning in mid-September and continuing for a month with passes through the vineyard until mid-October. Generally normal to heavier fruit with great flavor and complexity were the hallmark of the season.
This exclusive Pinot Noir is sourced predominately sourced from Beringer’s Stanley Ranch vineyard in the Los Carneros growing region, which borders San Pablo Bay at the southern end of Napa Valley. Recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1983 with its shallow, well-drained soils and marine-influenced climate, Carneros is considered Napa Valley’s best growing area for Pinot Noir. Late afternoon marine fog creeps up from the bay, even in the middle of summer, so nights and mornings are cool and the grapes’ natural acids are preserved, balancing the ripe fruit flavors that develop during sunny, warm days.
Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards' founding brother Jacob Beringer, was immersed in wine from the moment he was born in the heart of the Napa Valley. As the direct descendant to Beringer's first winemaker and one of the most iconic family names in Napa Valley wine history, he knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. As a young man he spent many hours working in his family's wine store in Saint Helena, expanding his knowledge of wine as well as gaining an appreciation for wines outside of the famous region he has always called home.