Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Knights Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer

Beringer Vineyards has owned and farmed its Knights Valley vineyards since the mid-1960s, when the Beringer family recognized that the cobbled, rocky alluvial soils were a great place to grow high-quality wine grapes. 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.

95 Points - James Suckling

“This is very focused with very fine tannins, giving texture and form to the wine. Blackberry, blueberry and chocolate undertones. Some rosemary and lavender undertones, as well as granite. Full to medium body, integrated tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Juicy. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018

93 Points - Wine Spectator

"Sturdy and structured, with cedary oak evident in the aroma and palate, gaining depth and complexity.A good bet to gain from here. Best from 2020 through 2030.” - James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2018

 

92 Points - Wine Advocate

"Very deep inky-purple in color, scented of crushed black currants, blackberry pie, and mincemeat with nuances of baking spices, menthol, cedar box and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied with great finesse and a solid foundation of grainy tannins, the muscular fruit yields youthful berry layers long into the finish.” - Lisa Perotti Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2017   

Tasting Notes

Richly  colored  in  an  inky  purple  hue,  the  wine  offers  aromas  and  flavors  of  dark  fruits,  featuring  blackberry, currants, smoked meats and baking spices, with menthol and cedar cigar box notes accented by rich pipe tobacco. Trending toward full body with muscular tannins, the finish is long and lingering, with a dense texture that promises a long and rewarding life cycle.  

Vineyard Notes

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.

Vintage Notes

The  2015  growing  season  in  Sonoma  and  Knights  Valley  was  marked  by  pleasant  weather  with  little  pressure  from  heat  spikes  or  unseasonable  rain.  A  dry  winter,  common  in  recent  years,  was  quickly  followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break and fast start to the growing season. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady and sure development of flavors.  Harvest  began  early  in  August,  and  the  overall  quality,  complexity  and  balance  in  the  vines  produced  exceptional  fruit  for  the  winemakers.  The  impact  of  the  continuing  drought  was  evident  in  slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality.

Winemaking Notes

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.

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