Beringer Vineyards has a legacy of farming unique and important growing regions that dates back to 1876, when two brothers established the winery with a desire to make wines from Napa Valley that rivaled those produced in their homeland of Germany. That tradition continued in the 1960s with an early stake in Knights Valley, and continues today with wines from outstanding vineyard locations in California’s Central Coast. The Waymaker represents Beringer’s pioneering viticultural past, and its commitment to farming the best of California’s vineyards.
The 2012 growing season in Paso Robles began with a cool, dry spring followed by a hot summer and a dry, warm harvest. A small heat wave at the beginning of the summer led to smaller crops in some areas, but contributed to great concentration and texture in the fruit. Overall, it was an excellent growing season throughout much of the region resulting in wines of nice complexity and richness. Nestled among the rolling hills near the town of Paso Robles, Camatta Hills is a 600 acre vineyard planted primarily with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Roussanne.
To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard, Chief Winemaker Laurie Hook monitored each of the lots through vinification and aging. The wines were then aged in a combination of seasoned oak barrels with a small amount of new oak for 17 months to both round and soften the tannins and bring in some additional spice notes. The foundation of the Waymaker is Syrah, a varietal that demonstrates great richness and generosity from Camatta Hills. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises the majority of the balance of the blend, and lends great depth of fruit as well as lifted spice notes. Laurie blended in a portion of Petite Sirah for its aromatics and rich, inky color.
The 2012 Waymaker Red Wine has enticing aromatics of blue fruits accented by floral and dusty notes. Full-bodied and juicy, the blend showcases tannins that soften nicely, ripe plum and blueberry flavors accented by hints of smoky bacon and a lingering, mouthwatering finish.