Howell Mountain is also the home for Beringer’s single vineyard Cabernet Franc, long a favorite in the Rhine House tasting room by staff and customers of many years. The Cabernet Franc demonstrates the intensity and concentration of flavors resulting from Howell Mountain’s restrictive soils and unique microclimates.
“There are under 500 cases of the 2017 Cabernet Franc Steinhauer Ranch, which is from a site on Howell Mountain and was aged in new French oak. It has a dark, chocolaty style that carries stunning depth, full-bodied richness, and building tannins, and shows the richer, more powerful style of Franc while still displaying plenty of elegance and purity. Drink bottles any time over the coming 15 years or so." - Jeb Dunnuck, February 2020
“Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Franc Bancroft Ranch gives up fragrant kirsch, black raspberries, red currant jelly and red plums scents with hints of pencil shavings, dried flavors and sautéed herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers tons of bright red and black fruits with a chewy texture and lively lift to the finish. 450 cases were made." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Nose: black currants, mocha
Palate: bright, dense, black currants, herb de provence, dark chocolate"
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.
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.
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