Beringer’s Steinhauer Ranch, renamed in 2003 to honor the winery’s long-time vineyard manager, Bob Steinhauer, lies just northeast of the town of Angwin, at about 1800 feet elevation. Its soil is volcanic with a richly red color and the texture is friable and loose. When Beringer first planted the vineyard, the distinctive character of the grapes was immediately evident, and it was selected as a regular part of the Private Reserve blend beginning in the 1993 vintage. Robust tannins and an earthy finish make this a superlative display of Howell Mountain fruit. Careful attention is paid to vineyard blocks, which are kept separate and vinified with a goal of extracting maximum flavor.
"A bolder, dark-fruited and more powerful expression of Howell Mountain that carries a deeper line weight of tannins. Aromas are tinged with dark-roasted herbs, wet concrete-like savory notes, graphite, cassis and currants, leading to a palate with distinctively powerful tannins that are precisely groomed. Impressive depth and freshness. Try from 2021."- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer Vineyard has a fragrant violets, incense and potpourri character over a core of blackberries and black cherries, with touches of pencil shavings and underbrush. Full-bodied, concentrated and full-on gorgeous in the mouth, it fills the palate with ripe black fruits supported by fine-grained tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2017
Originally known as Tre Colline for its memorable undulating terrain, the 36-acre benchland vineyard was renamed in 2003 to honor Beringer’s long-time vineyard manager, Bob Steinhauer, who helped establish the reserve level vineyards across Napa Valley. At 1,800 feet elevation, southwest facing on Howell Mountain, just northeast of Angwin, Steinhauer Ranch features volcanic iron-rich soils notable for their rich red color, with a friable, loose texture. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc thrive in the sparse, infertile soil where cool mountain temperatures with high solar radiation above the fog line allow grapes to languish on the vine, developing bold tannins and distinctive notes.
|Oak Treatment||Aged 20 months in 100% French oak (60% new)|
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|