Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet 2017 | Fantastic Value
93VN | So, the Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet 2017 is laced with black cherry, plum, gravel, lavender, and dark spice notes. Powerful and broad, but with a bit more softness than the straight Knights Valley Cabernet, the Reserve is another winner in this range from Beringer.
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93JS | Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet 2017 steps up in terms of ripeness and depth. With dark-cherry, blackcurrant and violet aromas, leading to a smooth yet powerful palate. While delivering plenty of rich, dark-berry flavor. In addition, polished tannins and astute oak deployment. Drink or hold.
Beringer’s property in Knights Valley| Powerful and broad
Of course, if a bottle like this one said “Napa Valley” on the label, it’d be going for $200. While Beringer’s property in Knights Valley sees the warmest temperatures in Sonoma by day, but their high altitudes drive dramatic temperature variations that lead to refreshingly cool nights and long growing seasons. Soil diversity, from rocky alluvial hillsides to volcanic ash, lend this 2016 its complexity through the lifted, herbal finish.
Mark Beringer, the Heir!
So, Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet 2017 is a historic bottling from the iconic Napa estate and marks the homecoming of an heir. Mark Beringer, the great-great-grandson of one of the co-founding brothers, took the helm of the estate as winemaker in 2015 and immediately wrote himself into the winery’s legacy with another dazzlingly supple Cabernet.
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Now, returning to the Knights Valley vineyards his family first cultivated generations ago. Yet, Mark shows his complete mastery of the house style that has twice earned Beringer the #1 Wine of the Year honor from Wine Spectator. Offering dark-cherry, blackcurrant and violet aromas, leading to a smooth yet powerful palate that delivers plenty of rich, dark-berry flavor. While eliciting a double 93pt score from Vinous and James Suckling.
Over the past 141 years, Beringer has built its name on quality and consistency. The oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley (they used a federal license during Prohibition that allowed them to make wine for religious purposes), they’ve been instrumental in both the development of Napa’s international reputation while simultaneously serving as a critical link to its past.