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Beringer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 750ML 2012
Sku: 10308
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa County
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Still wine
Reg. $13.99
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Wine maker notes
Beringer’s 2003 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc was grown in Bale Lane Vineyard, just north of the winery in St. Helena, and Gamble Ranch, a vineyard located mid-Valley near Oakville. At some distance from the cooling influence of San Pablo Bay, these areas have warm daytime temperatures and restrictive soils that are key ingredients in growing high quality Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Beringer’s vineyard manager, Bob Steinhauer, and his team diligently manage the Sauvignon Blanc’s innate vigor through proper trellising and other viticultural practices to increase sunlight exposure and air circulation to the clusters so the vines will produce grapes with balanced citrus, lush stone fruit and melon flavors backed with a subtle herbal character.

In 2003, Winemaker Laurie Hook chose to send the Sauvignon Blanc fruit directly to the press, by-passing the stemmer-crusher, to protect more of the varietal’s delicate aromas and flavors. She also fermented individual vineyard lots separately using different techniques to highlight various characteristics and bring more complexity to the wine. About 30 percent of the juice was barrel fermented and aged for five months in small, seasoned French oak barrels so soft spice and vanilla elements would be introduced without overpowering the wine’s bright acidity and fruitiness. In a separate process, Laurie cold-fermented the balance of the juice to highlight the Sauvignon Blanc’s citrus, grapefruit and herbal notes.


Producer
Beringer Vineyards – The Beginning Our history dates back to the year 1868, when Jacob Beringer, enticed by the splendid opportunities of the new world, sailed from his home in Mainz, Germany to New York. However, New York did not appeal to Jacob and after hearing that the warm and Mediterranean plains of California were quite similar to the vineyards back home, he soon made his way to the Napa Valley. It was here that Jacob Beringer, along with his brother, Frederick Beringer, purchased land for the first Beringer Vineyard in 1875. Beringer Vineyards – Today Beringer Vineyards holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. It is also one of the very few wineries that survived the draconian prohibition of 1922, which lasted over a decade. The estate is also in the National Register for Historic Places as a historic district, a status it has held since 2001. With its perfect blend of modern technology and age old traditions, Beringer Vineyards still produces memorable wines that continue to bring recognition to the company and all of Napa Valley.