The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was notably consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. Harvest began quite early in August, and by September the majority of whites and lighter reds were completely off the vines. Cool yet sunny weather in October allowed the final grapes on the vine to linger and develop great phenolic and flavor maturities while maintaining steady sugar levels. Overall, it was a high quality crop that was above average in quantity.
Steinhauer vineyard provides the foundation (45%) for the 2013 blend, which has been part of the Private Reserve blend since 1993. A significant portion (22%) comes from Bancroft Ranch atop Howell Mountain as well, and another portion (6%) comes from the St. Helena Home vineyard, which was part of the original acreage that founders Jacob and Frederick Beringer purchased in 1875 with the Beringer estate. Each lot is closely watched during the ripening period to determine ideal pick time. Grapes for the 2013 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested between September 25th and October 22nd.