Nose

Aromas and flavors of dark fruit such as blackberries, raspberry and black currants.

Palate

Full bodied and plush, with firm tannins, great balance and an appealing freshness. Blackcurrants, graphite, chocolate, and ample dried earth notes flow to a tannic wine that has good mid-palate depth and concentration yet needs bottle age to develop more charm.

Growing Conditions

In 2003 the former Tre Colline Vineyard was renamed to honor long-time Beringer Viticulturist Bob “Taz” Steinhauer. The vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. At an elevation of 1,800 feet high on Howell Mountain, fruit grown here enjoys the duality of mountain farming. Cooler mountain temperatures often impact the vineyard, bringing great diurnal swings during the growing season. Yet this ranch sits mostly above the fog line in one of Napa's warmer growing areas, receiving high solar radiation, perfect for late ripening varietals. The volcanic red soils are low in fertility and yield berries with intense, concentrated flavors. The 2017 vintage provided high quality thanks to lower than average yields. The year began with abundant rainfall. Spring weather was mild, resulting in extended flowering in some areas with little shatter. Vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. A freak hailstorm passed through quickly in June causing isolated damage. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear, dehydrating some grapes by early September. Cool weather arrived immediately afterward, allowing sugar levels to return to normal. Most late-ripening red grapes continued to hang on the vine and were picked throughout October.

Winemaking

Careful attention is paid to vineyard blocks, which are kept separate and vinified with a goal of extracting maximum flavor.

Aging

The wine aged 20 months in hand-selected custom toasted French oak from the Nevers Forest, 100% new.

Appearance

A rich deep garnet color.