Beringer’s Steinhauer Ranch, renamed in 2003 to honor the winery’s long-time vineyard manager, Bob Steinhauer, lies just northeast of the town of Angwin, at about 1800 feet elevation. Its soil is volcanic with a richly red color and the texture is friable and loose. When Beringer first planted the vineyard, the distinctive character of the grapes was immediately evident, and it was selected as a regular part of the Private Reserve blend beginning in the 1993 vintage. Robust tannins and an earthy finish make this a superlative display of Howell Mountain fruit. Careful attention is paid to vineyard blocks, which are kept separate and vinified with a goal of extracting maximum flavor.
“Ripe blackcurrants, blackberries and plums with notes of vanilla, licorice, dark chocolate and pinewood. Dark and smoky character with full body, chewy tannins and meaty structure. Plush, delicious fruit. Holds long and even with hints of crushed stones and walnuts at the end. Try after 2025.” - James Suckling, February 2022
“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer Vineyard is particularly attractive in that it lacks the green overtones of Beringer's other Howell Mountain Cabs. Marked instead by hints of pencil shavings and ripe cassis, it's full-bodied yet shows classic Cabernet restraint, being streamlined, concentrated and long and tannic on the finish. In some vintages, this source can account for as much as 40% of the Private Reserve.” - Joe Czerwinski, June 2022
“Classic iron, darker foresty, herbal notes, and both black and blue fruits emerge from the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer Ranch Vineyard, a medium to full-bodied, balanced, nicely concentrated Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. It has textbook mountain tannins and structure, and tasted blind, I'd almost guess 2018 given its pure, focused, Bordeaux-like stature. It's not massive, nor does it have a ton of baby fat, but I love its mid-palate density and overall balance. Hide bottles for 4-5 years if you can, and it should keep for 20+ years.” - Jeb Dunnuck, May 4, 2022
In 2016, Ryan returned to Napa Valley to join Beringer Vineyards as Luxury Red Winemaker and crafted wines from the Knight’s Valley estate. He was appointed Sr. Winemaker and General Manager in 2017 and elevated to Chief Winemaker in 2021. Ryan is honored to bring recognition to the wines produced at one of Napa Valley’s best known and most beloved wineries, following in the footsteps of a roster of acclaimed chief winemakers such as Ed Sbragia, Myron Nightingale, Laurie Hook, and Mark Beringer.
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