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Beringer Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 1999
The evolution of our Sauvignon Blanc over the last decade demonstrates how important it is to adapt both viticulture and winemaking to the individual varietal. We used to grow Sauvignon Blanc in the same cool areas where we grow Chardonnay, but the resulting wine was too grassy for my taste. We shifted our vineyards further north into warmer microclimates of the Napa Valley and adjusted the trellising in a way that allowed aromas and flavors of stone fruit --- especially apricots --- citrus, quince and even lemongrass to come through clearly. Then, I showcased this fruit and layered the flavors by using two different fermentation techniques. Oak aging added a note of spicy clove and vanilla, and Im very pleased with the results.
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 Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.