Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017. Beringer (Whisper Sister)

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017. Beringer (Whisper Sister)

Item #: N0920R2DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa County/Sonoma County, California
Color: Medium Deep Magenta
Nose: Blueberry, Spice
Palate: Black Cherry, Cocoa
Finish: Long, Medium Tannins
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Red Meat/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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There is no winery in California with the history and fortitude of Beringer. Among other things, it is the oldest continuously producing winery in the state. It began in 1868 when Jacob and Frederick Beringer came to the Napa Valley from their home in Mainz, Germany. The lure of winemaking here was too much to ignore, so in 1875 the brothers purchased 215 acres in St. Helena for $14,500.

The Whisper Sister refers to Jacob's daughter, Bertha, who kept the winery going during Prohibition making "sacramental" wines, "medicinal" brandy and wine concentrates for home winemakers. It is little known that though alcohol sales were banned at the time, residents could make up to 200 gallons of wine for personal consumption. Speakeasies were the rage and one could gain entrance with a knock and a whisper; thus, the name was born.

After Prohibition, inexpensive jug wines were the hottest wine ticket in town. Beringer resisted. Like a few other specialty wineries in Napa, they had built a reputation on quality, not quantity. That reputation is fully intact today.

Though based in Napa, Beringer didn't hesitate to go outside its appellation in order to produce an exceptional wine. Year in and out, their Sonoma Knight's Valley Cabernet was one of the top Cabernets in the state. Our selection is a blend of Napa and Sonoma, featuring the best of both. Power, elegance, berries and spice do justice to rack of lamb with mint pesto