The 2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful wine. It pairs well with most food this time of year whether its Thanksgiving or Christmas. This wine won’t disappoint should you choose to serve it to guests.
The overall package from nose-to-mouth-to-finish is well-crafted. This Cabernet Sauvignon is all blackberry and plum on the nose with a very pretty deep and dark purple color in the glass. In the mouth, lots of dark fruit which blackberry still is dominate, however, licorice and black cherry come through—even some hints of chocolate and pepper. The wine is a little chewy with the finish is medium-to-long which brings out more of a cherry flavor than blackberry.
The cost of this wine is all over the map depending on your location. In our local grocery store (Oakley, CA) its $42. Directly from the winery is $32 (online). You can also search online and find it for around $20.
If you can find this wine around $20, we highly recommend purchasing a case because at that price, its a steal and will please most people.
To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard, Chief Winemaker Laurie Hook monitored each of the lots carefully through vinification and aging. Extended maceration created larger tannins to enhance the lush mouthfeel of the blend and extracted a maximum of color, aromas and flavors. The wines were then aged in small French Nevers oak barrels (25% new) for thirteen months and underwent malolactic fermentation for further development of texture and mouthfeel. Laurie blended in a portion of Merlot to add texture and plush tannins, and a touch of Cabernet Franc for length in the finish.
In 1876, brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer established Beringer Vineyards with a dream of making wines that would rival the finest in Europe. Today, Jacob’s great great-grandson, Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer, guides what is now California’s longest continually operating winery and one of Napa’s finest producers. With over 1,600 acres farmed across Napa’s best appellations, as well as Sonoma County and Paso Robles, Beringer is recognized as one of the region’s preeminent producers with a rich portfolio of wines.
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St. Helena, CA 94574
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