Wine Advocate 91 points - From Rutherford, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Quarry Vineyard possesses more mint, underbrush, and loamy soil notes intermixed with sweet red currants, black cherries, and blackberries. It displays a completely different style than the two St. Helena cuvees. (Dec 2007)
The 2004 vintage got off to a cool start and featured heavy rains towards the end of February, which transitioned into the warmest March on record with temperatures reaching the low 90’s. The warm weather continued through May but summer months were cooler than normal. Eight to ten very warm days towards the end of summer helped push maturity. Winemaster Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook decided to harvest the majority of the fruit from early September through mid-October as each block reached the full-flavored maturity they were seeking.
|"The 2004 Quarry Cabernet showcases Rutherford Cabernet qualities, with its signature dusty and earthy characteristics. Mouthwatering juicy red plum and raspberry aromas and flavors are layered with hints of toasty oak, dried herbs, cola and sarsaparilla, all of which are nicely framed by round tannins." - Winemaster, Ed Sbragia
|Wine maker notes
|With Cabernet of this quality, Ed and Laurie believe in taking a minimalist approach to winemaking. Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, the winemaking team used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines for approximately two years in handselected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak from coopers with whom they have long-established relationships.
|Beringer Vineyards – The Beginning
Our history dates back to the year 1868, when Jacob Beringer, enticed by the splendid opportunities of the new world, sailed from his home in Mainz, Germany to New York. However, New York did not appeal to Jacob and after hearing that the warm and Mediterranean plains of California were quite similar to the vineyards back home, he soon made his way to the Napa Valley. It was here that Jacob Beringer, along with his brother, Frederick Beringer, purchased land for the first Beringer Vineyard in 1875.
Beringer Vineyards – Today
Beringer Vineyards holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. It is also one of the very few wineries that survived the draconian prohibition of 1922, which lasted over a decade. The estate is also in the National Register for Historic Places as a historic district, a status it has held since 2001. With its perfect blend of modern technology and age old traditions, Beringer Vineyards still produces memorable wines that continue to bring recognition to the company and all of Napa Valley.