Beringer is California’s longest continuously operating winery, located in the heart of Napa Valley. It has become one of the largest and most distributed American labels, and is known for its range of wines, from affordable table wines to fine single-vineyard cuvées and a private reserve label.
Beringer was bought by the beverage manufacturer Nestlé in the early 1970s, and since then it has changed ownership numerous times. It is currently owned by Treasury Wine Estates, one of the largest North American wine suppliers, which also owns, among other labels, Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Stags’ Leap. In 2015, Mark Beringer, the great-great-grandson of Jacob Beringer, became chief winemaker.
Beringer’s most lauded range is the Private Reserve label, offering wines made from Cabernet Sauvingon and a Chardonnay. The 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon was named number one in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 1990, and the 1994 Chardonnay was named number one in the 1996 edition. Beringer was the first producer to have both a white wine and a red wine be named number one in the list.
In 2004, Beringer entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for largest bottle of wine. A 130 liter (equivalent of 173 bottles) bottle of the 2001 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, christened ‘Maximus’, was auctioned at a charity event for $55,812.
Tasting Notes :
The Beringer Founders’ Estate Merlot is immediately approachable with lush flavors of blueberry, blackberry and plum complemented by dark chocolate and spice. Its wellbalanced, soft tannins make this wine a perfect accompaniment to a variety of foods, such as beef tenderloin, spaghetti bolognese, or aged gouda.