Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Winemaster Comments To me, Cabernet Sauvignon is the Holy Grail of wines. It is the most noble of the varietals and the most true to itself. The nuances that are revealed in each taste and each swirl of the glass are fascinating. This wine starts with distinct flavors and aromas redolent of deep, dark fruit - blackberries and cassis - only to reveal subtle vanilla mocha notes and hints of spicy cinnamon and nutty oak. I love this wine - so I drink it with almost anything. However, some of my particular favorites are lamb braised with rosemary and garlic or simply a fresh grilled tuna steak. After a lengthy fermentation in small fermenters, the Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 10 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, with 20% new oak. Winemaker Ron Schrieve selected barrels seasoned and toasted to his specifications to bring out the subtle spicy characteristics of the wine. As with all Beringer's red wines, this Cabernet Sauvignon went through complete malolactic fermentation to soften the tannins and round out the mouthfeel. At blending, Ron added small amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc to broaden its aromas and flavors and lengthen finish.