(2009 Vintage) Beringer Founders’ Estate winemaker, Ron Schrieve, believes in "getting his boots dirty” and walking the vineyards daily during harvest to determine just the right time to pick. "I wish we got frequent-driver miles, because I’d have a million of them from running up and down the state,” he says. "But tasting grapes is the only way I can be sure I’m getting as much flavor as possible.” As each vineyard block reached the peak of maturity, the Cabernet was harvested and rushed to the winery, and Ron kept each lot separate until he assembled the final blend. After vinification, Ron aged the wines in French and American oak barrels for 12 months, helping the flavors come together and imparting sweet oak and brown spice nuances. The resulting wine has a deep color with bright cassis, green tea, black olive and sweet vanilla spice aromas that lead into a fleshy mouth that has, as Ron says, "A big Cab flavor.” Black fruit, cassis, and spice flavors are supported into a long finish by fine-grained, assertive tannins.
- Devin Blanks
Um...Wow!! The nose of this 2009 beauty yields a waft of aromatic rich dark fruit. And the taste?...It starts with strong spice on the front with earthy undertones right before it delivers on its aromatic promise and finishes with a wash of dark berries on the palette. No sense in being moderate with this one. Bottle...empty.
Favorite "everyday" wine. The 2008 was a little better, but this is still better than most jug wines at this price. Smooth, not too fruity, goes with everything.
smooth taste, moderate tannins. Paired well with pizza
very good. bought at Walmart
very smooth;not heavy