Marston Vineyard perches on the slopes of Spring Mountain to the west of St. Helena, just a few miles uphill from the site of the Beringer brothers’ original St. Helena Home vineyard. The restrictive soil, mostly stony loam, produces grapes with highly developed fruit flavors. Within the vineyard, the terrain rises to approximately 1200 feet, varying between steep, terraced slopes to gently rolling land. Careful attention is paid to vineyard blocks, which are kept separate and vinified with a goal of extracting maximum flavor.
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Marston Vineyard comes from the higher slopes of Spring Mountain and is always a small cuvee of about 291 cases. This wine always reveals floral notes intermixed with blueberries and black raspberries as well as hints of licorice and incense. The 2014 is delicious, full of fruit extract, full-bodied, up-front and sexy." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 2016
The 2014 vintage offered an ideal growing season. Although California's drought brought another dry winter the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures. Throughout the Napa Valley the season was even and tempered with no heat spikes or early rain. Warm days with plenty of sunshine and cool evenings allowed for excellent ripening, phenolic and flavor development in the grapes. Overall, vintage 2014 wines are of very high quality.
Marston Vineyard perches on the slopes of Spring Mountain to the west of Saint Helena, just a few miles uphill from the site of the Beringer brothers' original Saint Helena Home vineyard. The restrictive soil, mostly stony loam, produces grapes with highly developed fruit flavors. Within the vineyard, the terrain rises from 1,900 to 2,000 feet, varying between steep, terraced slopes to gently rolling land. The 2000 Marston Cabernet has perfumed scents of violets and wild blueberries, with lots of spice and a touch of Spring Mountain 'dust,' giving it a distinctive earthy, mineral quality. Its firm tannins support concentrated red and black fruit flavors into a long finish. 200 cases produced.
Laurie Hook, Beringer's Winemaker Emeritus, began her career in the winemaking program at University of California at Davis, which is noted for training some of the best winemakers around the world. Upon graduating in 1984, she traveled to Australia to work at a small winery. After returning to work a harvest in Sonoma, Laurie came to Beringer as an enologist in 1986, a job that allowed her to solidify the scientific side of her training. In 1997, she was named Assistant Winemaker to Beringer Winemaster Ed Sbragia, and in 2000 she was promoted to Winemaker for Beringer Vineyards. Laurie lead our winemaking team for 15 years before transitioning to winemaker Emeritus in 2015.
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Case Production||291 Cases|