Vintage 2017
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Carneros
Winemaker Mark Beringer
Winemaker Mark Beringer creates our winery-exclusive wines to honor his iconic familial heritage as well as highlight his own explorations. Each wine in this collection is made in limited production, showcasing a vineyard, varietal, blend or region that Mark feels merits its own bottling. Crafted to be enjoyed upon release, our winery-exclusive wines are unique offerings with each vintage and reflect the quality, history and winemaking expertise that Beringer has been known for since 1876.

Tasting Notes

Opening with red fruit and black tea, the 2017 has exceptional red fruit notes that exude from the glass. Red cherry, strawberry and cranberry deliver on the palate and round out the bright acidity which is common in Carneros Pinot Noir. Barrel aging gives some light oxidized notes and vanilla flavor. Drink now or for the next 4 years.

 

Vineyard Notes

Vineyard blocks are individually managed to conform to various soil types and the changing contours of the topography. Individual vineyards within GBR average only eight acres in size and spacing is dense to ensure low per vine yields of fully concentrated fruit. The vineyard is certified sustainable as part of the Napa Green program, with wildlife corridors, raptor roosts and owl boxes abundant throughout the Ranch.

 

Vintage Notes

High quality as a result of lower than average yields was the standard for this growing season. The year began with abundant rainfall. Spring weather was mild, resulting in extended flowering in some areas with little shatter. Vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. A freak hail storm passed through quickly in June causing isolated damage. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear, dehydrating some grapes by early September. Cool weather arrived immediately afterward, allowing sugar levels to return to normal. Most late-ripening red grapes continued to hang on the vine and were picked over the next few weeks.

 

Winemaking Notes

Classic Pinot Noir Clones are reflected in the blocks chosen for this winery exclusive expression of Carneros. The cooler maritime influences from San Pablo Bay create ideal growing conditions for finicky Pinot Noir, which has found a real home in the carefully tended vineyards within Grace Benoist.

 

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