2001 Founders` Estate Chardonnay
The 2001 vintage had a staggered start - with an early bud-break and fruit-set brought on by a warm spring and a pause caused by the onset of a cold front in April, which also caused an advantageous slight reduction in crop size. Once again, temperatures rose in May for a few days before falling back into a moderate pace that lasted throughout the summer. Consistent temperatures through September enabled the grapes to ripen evenly to full maturity and develop concentrated flavors and aromas.
Beringer Founders` Estate Winemaker, Ron Schrieve selected fruit for the 2001 Beringer Founders` Estate Chardonnay from various vineyards scattered along California`s cool coastal growing regions and employed two separate winemaking techniques to layer aromas and flavors for maximum complexity. Chardonnay grapes from vineyards on the North Coast contributed apple and pear aromas and flavors, Monterey fruit yielded vibrant stone fruit and pineapple characteristics, while lots from vineyards in Santa Barbara added their customary tropical fruit nuances. After gently crushing the grapes, Ron barrel-fermented approximately 80 percent of the wine and aged it in French and American oak barrels (20 percent new) for nine months to layer subtle spice aromas and add complexity and richness. The remainder was fermented in stainless steel to preserve the bright acidity and highlight green apple and tropical fruit.
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.