Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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It is positively amazing to think about the fact that Beringer Vineyards has been producing wine since 1876 - that's 144 years!!! the Beringer family has done so much for both the quality and fame of American wine, so this is a particularly special Cabernet for Cab fanatics to discover and drink. Beringer has owned and farmed its Knights Valley vineyards in Sonoma since the mid-1960s, when the family recognized that the cobbled, rocky alluvial soils were a great place to grow high-quality wine grapes, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. The Knights Valley designation was first used on a Beringer label in 1974 and Beringer was instrumental in garnering official recognition for the area in 1983 as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation.
Knights Valley was first acquired by Beringer in 1961, and to this day is a place of rustic and unspoiled beauty stretching for miles. Located in Sonoma County just 17 miles north of the Beringer Napa winery, it still has a bucolic feel – miles of rolling hills meandering down into a rocky, alluvial valley floor where a grand river used to run. Everything about Knights Valley gives one a sense of its uniqueness, including the wines it yields. Knights Valley’s rocky terrain, the growth and evolution of the vineyards and the myriad blocks within the 600 acres farmed by Beringer for decades makes this a growing site like no other. Knights Valley Reserve is a barrel selection, a blend of the best vineyard lots in a given vintage. To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard, they are kept separate through vinification and aging, and only the most expressive are chosen for this Reserve bottling. Extended maceration created more dominant tannins, enhancing the lush mouthfeel of the blend while extracting a maximum of color, aromas and flavors. The wine is aged in small French Nevers oak barrels (56% percent new) for nineteen months, enhancing the rich mouthfeel and structure. A small portion of Malbec and Petit Verdot were also added to add further complexities to this memorable wine.
In 1870 Jacob Beringer arrived in California from his homeland in Germany to pursue his dream of making fine wine to rival the best wines of Europe. The fledgling estate continued to grow & prosper into the turn of the century, and even succeeded during Prohibition, under a federal license allowing the family to produce wine for religious purposes; then in the 1930's, Beringer was the first winery to offer public tours, sparking wine tourism in Napa Valley. The 1970's and '80's were a golden era for collectible, extraordinary Cabernets and Chardonnays at Beringer, and in 1990, Beringer Cabernet 1986 was the #1 Wine of the Year in Wine Spectator.
Fast forward to 2015, and founder Jacob Beringer's great, great grandson Mark Beringer 'came home' to Beringer as Chief Winemaker, while 20+ year winemaker Laurie Hook transitioned to Beringer's Winemaker Emeritus. Today the winery is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. To call this winery EPIC is an understatement.
Royally rich in purple hues, this highly concentrated, intensely flavored wine offers rich and deep, dark fruits with blueberries, black cherries, blackberry and cherry jam, accented with dark chocolate, herbs and cassis. Full-bodied, with fine grained tannins and distinctive oak notes, finishing with mineral accents and a lively lift.
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James SucklingThis is very polished and extremely reserved. Medium-to full-bodied, cool and balanced. Lavender, dark fruit and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
Jeb DunnuckThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve offers more purity as well as structure. A vineyard selection mostly from the southern end of the estate property in Knights Valley, its deep purple color is followed by classic cassis and blueberry fruits intermixed with hints of damp earth, violets, and subtle minerality. It’s ripe and voluptuous on the palate, but has building structure, beautiful mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s a beautiful wine that has two decades of longevity.
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Knights Valley (containing a 2% splash of Malbec) was aged for 15 months in 32% new French oak. Deep purple-black in color, it sings of crème de cassis, black cherries and black berry preserves with touches of camphor, dark chocolate and wood smoke. Full-bodied, firm and finely grained, the palate has loads of mineral accents with black fruit layers, finishing with a lively herbal lift. 7,664 cases produced, to be released in September 2019.
VinousThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve offers serious fruit concentration to go with the intense mineral/savory profile that is such a signature of this wine. Red cherry jam, white pepper, iron, smoke and game abound in this potent, deeply layered Cabernet from Beringer. The richness of the fruit balances some of the youthful angularity Knights Valley Cabernets can show.