94 points, Antonio Galloni "Dark, sumptuous and racy, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Chabot Vineyard is all about texture. This is one of the more voluptuous wines in the Beringer range. As such, it will drink nicely right out of the gate. The radiant, expressive finish is striking in its immediacy, but there is plenty of finesse and nuance here as well."
92 pts. Vinous - "A dark, powerful wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve shows the more virile side of the appellation. Black cherries, lavender, smoke, licorice and spices open up in the glass." - Antonio Galloni, October 2015
Winemaker Laurie Hook has worked the Knights Valley vineyards for two decades, watching the vineyards evolve and noting which blocks and rows are particularly unique. Using fruit from those prized blocks, Laurie has crafted the Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet, which provides the purest and most layered expression of the unique terroir found in Knights Valley.
93 Points | Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate "100% Cabernet Franc showing plenty of forest floor, spice box, cedar wood and black and red currants. They all can be approached early on (3-4 years), but will age for 25+ years."
Vineyard Notes: Originally known as Tre Colline for its memorable undulating terrain, the 36-acre benchland vineyard was renamed in 2003 to honor Beringer’s long-time vineyard manager, Bob Steinhauer, who helped establish the reserve level vineyards across Napa Valley. At 1,800 feet elevation, southwest facing on Howell Mountain, just northeast of Angwin, Steinhauer Ranch features volcanic iron-rich soils notable for their rich red color, with a friable, loose texture. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc thrive in the sparse, infertile soil where cool mountain temperatures with high solar radiation above the fog line allow grapes to languish on the vine, developing bold tannins and distinctive notes.
Winemaker Notes: After gentle crushing and destemming, juice and skins were sent to small fermenters for an extended cold soak maceration to allow rich color, complex flavors and silky, mid-weight tannins to be slowly developed and extracted. The Cabernet Franc is aged in 91% new French oak barrels with medium toast for 20 months prior to bottling, when the wine is allowed to rest for another nine months before release.
Inviting aromas lead to a lush, juicy palate where the red fruit flavors standout alongside touches of clove and allspice adding depth and complexity. The generous fruit is balanced by the bright acidity making this fresh and vibrant while also silky and satisying.