Vintage 2016
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer

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99 Points | Must Buy 

“A dark and seductive cabernet, this has stunning forest berries and enormous concentration and freshness. But, as delicious as it is now, this is also built for the long term. Great finish, where the interplay of fruit and fine tannins is complex. Goes on for minutes with dark berries, blackberries and hot stones. A core of greatness. A new wine to give a nod to the eighth winemaker of Beringer, Mark Beringer.” - James Suckling, May 2019

Tasting Notes

"A rich deep garnet color leads to aromas and flavors of dark fruit such as blackberries, black cherry and wild mountain blueberries. Full bodied and plush, with fine grained tannins, great balance and an appealing freshness. Stunning to present today, those with the patience to cellar for a few years will find the wine continually evolving, leading to even more enjoyment.”

Vineyards Notes

Home Ranch Vineyard

At the foot of Spring Mountain in St. Helena lies the vineyard that first attracted the Beringer Brothers to Napa Valley. Formed of a sloped alluvial fan of iron rich rock and gravelly red volcanic soils with little capacity to hold water, the Home Ranch Vineyard has delivered outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon each vintage for more than 140 years and is responsible for Eighth Maker’s rich fruit and velvety texture.

Steinhauer Vineyard

At an elevation of 1,800 feet on Howell Mountain, the vineyard enjoys cool mountain temperatures and high solar radiation above the fog line. Volcanic red soils are low in fertility and yield berries with intense, concentrated flavors. Steinhauer Vineyard's mountain fruit contributes firm, fine tannins, elevated acidity, and ageability.

Vintage Notes

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.

Winemaking Notes

Fruit for the inaugural vintage comes principally from the Home Ranch Vineyard Block 1 (85%) in St. Helena and the Steinhauer Ranch on Howell Mountain (15%). Favorite blocks were identified early in the development of Eighth Maker and given extra attention throughout the growing season. At harvest, fruit was hand selected and sorted multiple times to garner only the choicest berries. Extended maceration for 21 days at 85ºF led to fermentation and aging in 500L oak puncheons and oak barrels. The wine was allowed to age for 24 months in 100% French oak barriques, medium toast, largely from the Allier forest in central France