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Beringer Vineyards has a legacy of farming unique and important growing regions that dates back to 1876. The Waymaker represents Beringer's pioneering viticultural past, and its commitment to farming the best of California's vineyards.
"A juicy and fruity red with dark berry, cherry and spice aromas and flavors. Full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. A fun blend of syrah, petite sirah, cabernet sauvignon, and malbec. Lovely wine to drink now.” - James Suckling
Camatta Hills is a 600-acre vineyard nestled among the rolling hills near the town of Paso Robles. The Cuesta Ridge coastal mountain range to the west protects the vineyard, allowing for even ripening with hot daytime temperatures balanced by cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and maritime fog in the evenings. In fact, Paso Robles has the highest diurnal range of any wine region in California - up to 50ºͦF - which provides Paso's trademark acidity. Camatta'sincredibly chalky limestone soils lend the grapes their most distinctive characteristics. Restrictive soils and small canopies create vines that must stress themselves to reach moisture and nutrients, resulting in great flavor and tannin development.
In Paso Robles, four years of drought and unseasonably cold, windy and cloudy weather in May greatly impacted berry set. This very warm year combined with the extremely small crop size prompted an early vintage start in late August. While many varietals were greatly reduced in yields, color densities are the highest seen in more than a decade and quality for the fruit that did survive in 2015 is top notch.
Lots are vinified and aged separately for 17 months in seasoned oak barrels. The foundation of Waymaker is Syrah, a varietal that demonstrates great richness and generosity fromCamatta Hills. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises one-quarter of the blend, and lends great depth of fruit as well as lifted spice notes. A significant portion of Petite Sirah was blended in for its aromatics and rich, inky color.
“An expressive blend that offers an array of zesty raspberry, cherry, cracked pepper and smoky beef flavors. Finishes with grippy tannins. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2024.” - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator