Beringer Third Century Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 1997

Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 26771
  • red wine
  • WS91
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Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for this commemorative bottling were grown on two Beringer vineyards, Bancroft Ranch and Tre Colline, at an elevation of 1,800 feet on Howell Mountain. Located above the summer fog line, this area enjoys more sun exposure but cooler average temperatures than vineyards on the valley floor, prolonging the grapes hang time and allowing for slow, even ripening. The soil at Bancroft Ranch, gritty white tuff of volcanic origin, is shallow, infertile and extremely well drained. The vines produce small, intensely flavored berries with powerful, concentrated fruit flavors and thick tannin-rich skins. The soils at Tre Colline Vineyard ("three hills" in Italian, referring to the vineyards gentle slopes within its mountain site) are also volcanic, but the color is deep red and the texture is friable and loose. "There is an inevitable focus on Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley because of the intense flavors and beautiful, tightly knit structure were able to achieve here with that grape. But Ive been fascinated with the idea of bottling separately the wines I make with the complex, aromatic Cabernet Franc grape, which has achieved such stunning flavors in Cheval Blanc. The same Howell Mountain vineyards that give me great Cabernet Sauvignon produce great Cabernet Franc as well. The grapes yield a dense, deep wine with an immediate, mouth-filling hit of dark berry fruits backed by more subtle layers of cedary spices. And theres an amazing length to the finish thats typical of the Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc-the reason I always add a little to my Private Reserve Cabernet. The firm structure promises considerable longevity for this wine, appropriate for celebrating our third century of winemaking at Beringer well into the next decade." -Winemaster, Ed Sbragia

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No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876. Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Cabernet Franc(cab-uhr-NAY frahnk) Right Place, Right time You won't often find this grape bottled as a single variety as it can lean towards earthy, vegetal tendencies (think green pepper & olives). Its typical place is in a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or both. Cabernet Franc's home is the right bank of Bordeaux. It is an integral part in...

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