Named after its original purpose – a “borrow pit” is used to gather materials for a construction site elsewhere. In this case, stones from this vineyard’s location were used in the construction of the nearby Rector Dam in 1946.
"Inviting, with plum sauce and blackberry puree notes cruising along, lined with subtle cocoa, smoldering tobacco and loam accents. Reveals a flash of menthol through the finish, while the fruit holds center stage. Best from 2021 through 2030. 500 cases made.” - James Molesworth
In the glass, pitch purple with legs that stain. On the nose, blackberry, cherry, French roasted coffee exude. On the palate, the blackberry notes mix with cassis which lead to deeper vanilla notes. Firm tannins balance the medium to full body. Overall, a powerful but elegant expression of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2017 vintage provided high quality thanks to lower than average yields. 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 throughout October.
Located near the town of Yountville, Borrow Pit is nestled in the Oakville AVA, and sees daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors as they develop during hot afternoons.
Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards' founding brother Jacob Beringer, was immersed in wine from the moment he was born in the heart of the Napa Valley. As the direct descendant to Beringer's first winemaker and one of the most iconic family names in Napa Valley wine history, he knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. As a young man he spent many hours working in his family's wine store in Saint Helena, expanding his knowledge of wine as well as gaining an appreciation for wines outside of the famous region he has always called home.
|Oak Treatment||100% New French Oak|
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|