The inky, highly structured, deeply flavored Cabernet from this vineyard was the first that Beringer Vineyards elected to bottle as a Private Reserve, in 1977, and we have continued to bottle a small amount each year since as a single-vineyard Cabernet. Chabot Cabernet has finely knit tannins, and layers of black currant with hints of mint and cedar.
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Oak Treatment||Aged 20 months in 100% French oak (85% new)|
“Lots of flowers, almonds and hints of green coffee. Dark berries and plums. Full-bodied, layered and juicy with lots of ripe fruit, but turns round and delicious at the finish. Shows drive but intense drinkability. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
“Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, with a pretty nose of black currant cordial, mulberries and blueberries with hints of pencil shavings and touches of Indian spices and bay leaves. Full bodied, concentrated and offering up plenty of rich black fruit and spice layers, it has firm, grainy tannins and a seamless lift, finishing long and spicy.” -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Impressive, offering a deep, rich core of mocha-laced dark berry and licorice flavors, but also remains firmly tannic, leading to a chewy aftertaste. A good candidate for cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2030.” - James Laube, Wine Spectator
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.
The 2015 growing season was marked by pleasant weather with little pressure from heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter, common in recent years, was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break and fast start to the growing season. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady and sure development of flavors. The overall quality, complexity and balance in the vines produced exceptional fruit for winemakers. The impact of the continuing drought was evident in slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality.
Chabot Vineyard lies east of the Silverado Trail, just north of the road that leads up Howell Mountain to Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer Ranch. The chunks of shiny obsidian heavily strewn through its soil reflect the locale, known as 'Glass Mountain.' An underlying layer of pumice and bedrock ensures excellent drainage.
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