93 Points - Wine Spectator
92 Points - James Suckling
91 Points - Vinous
93 Insider Points
"Deep, rich and generous, with layers of dark berry, currant, plum and raspberry flavors, touches of black licorice and spicy, floral scents. Notably elegant and refined for a wine of such intensity. Drink now through 2032. 3,500 cases made". -Wine Spectator
"Very ripe aromas with lots of sweet tobacco and mushroom undertones. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a rich finish. Dense and velvety. A more fruit-forward style yet shows freshness and backbone".- James Suckling
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve is a big wine. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, licorice and cured meats blast into the huge finish as the Reserve shows off its powerful, assertive personality". - Antonio Galloni
Rich, Oaky, & Opulent, It's the Cab Tri-Fecta
Cab is grown in a lot of different places, each with unique terroir that is imparted into the grapes, and each with its own unique winemaker, crafting his or her style that can be reflective of the region and themselves. Beringer is one of the producers that can easily stand up on its own as a quality Cab producer. Their Knights Valley Reserve is full of flavor, and is one hell of a ride.
Boisenberry on the nose to get it all started. Full-bodied on the palate, with a wave of oaky berries that flows through the front palate. Chocolate and cinnamon roll out mid-palate, leading into a finish of blueberry with rounded tannins. Get ready for full flavor experience, this wine brings its A game. 93 Points - JZ April '18
Knights Valley, Sonoma, California
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- After tasting the 2014 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve we understood why its ratings are unanimously in the 90s! Spectator: 93; Suckling: 92; Vinous: 91 . . .
- The Beringer family has earned this high praise: they fought hard back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s to get the Knights Valley Vineyard designated as an official AVA, and even before that they were already putting it on their labels, recognizing that the beautiful, rocky terrain, the growth and evolution of the vineyards, and the unique character of each of its blocks make the Knights Valley one of the most magnificent growing sites in Sonoma County.
- Not only is the Knights Valley a fantastic vineyard, but the 2014 vintage was an ideal growing season for it as well. Typically the valley undergoes extreme temperature fluctuation, hot days that plummet into cool nights, but the 2014 season was more neutral on a temperature scale with no great highs or lows.
- The wines are already vinified and aged in separate barrels according to their blocks in order to allow them to best express their individual parcels of land, but this bottle you’re about to hold in your hands is the barrel select from that process, a blend of only the finest and most expressive barrels.
Aromas of crushed blackberry, plum, cassis and vanilla pop from the glass and lead to a plush, full-bodied mouthfeel with generous cherry pie, cinnamon spice, roasted coffee and graphite flavors. The wine is rich with deep, saturated color, a dense texture and smooth, polished tannins.
The 2014 vintage offered an ideal growing season. Although California’s drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was mild and consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. Knights Valley often sees greater fluctuation in temperature than Napa Valley, with intensely warm days that cool off dramatically in the evening. The 2014 growing season was very even with no brutal heat spikes. Warm days with plenty of sunshine and cool evenings allowed for excellent ripening, phenolic and flavor development in the grapes.
Overall, it was a very high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon crop. 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 just 17 miles north of the winery in Sonoma County, it still has a bucolic feel—miles of rolling hills that meander down into a rocky, alluvial valley floor where a grand river used to run. Everything about the place gives one a sense of its uniqueness, including the wines it yields. The Knights Valley’s rocky terrain, the growth and evolution of the vineyards and the unique blocks within the 600 acres in which Beringer has farmed for decades makes this a truly magnificent growing site. Grapes for the 2014 Knights Valley Reserve were harvested between September 17th and October 10th.
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 selected for this Reserve bottling.
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 aged in French Nevers oak barrels (47 percent new) for 19 months, enhancing the rich mouthfeel and structure. A small portion of Malbec and Petit Verdot was also added to add further complexities to this memorable wine.
From the winery:
Great care was taken to retain the individual expressions of each of the vineyards in the blend by keeping each lot separate throughout fermentation and aging. This has become tradition for Beringer Cabernets, and allows flexibility from a broad array of aromatic, flavor and structural components at blending time. After fermentation the lots were aged in 29 percent new French Never oak barrels for 20 months. Each lot was monitored closely and tasted regularly to ensure their development individually and to formulate how best to fit the lots together for the final blend.
Beringer’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to reflect the outstanding strength of the Napa Valley appellation, but with stylistic differences from the Private Reserve – differences that highlight the range of terroir found in our Napa Valley vineyards. Possessing great structure and concentration, this wine is still immediately approachable and appealing but incredibly cellar worthy.
If you're looking for a specific dish to pair this wine with, the winery suggests: Brown sugar brined Berkshire pork with creamy polenta and roasted root vegetables.