Beringer’s 3 Acre Red Wine is sourced primarily from Knights Valley, a vineyard
that Beringer has owned and farmed since the mid-1960s, when the Beringer
family recognized that the cobbly, rocky alluvial soils were a great place to
grow high-quality wine grapes. Beringer was instrumental in garnering official
recognition for the area in 1983 as a premier wine growing region in the form of
its own American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation. Small portions of the blend
also come from Napa Valley and Paso Robles appellations.
The 2014 vintage offered an ideal growing season.
Although California’s drought delivered 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. Knights Valley often sees greater
fluctuation in temperature than Napa Valley, with intensely warm days that cool
dramatically in the evening. The 2014 growing season was very even without any
brutal heat spikes. Warm days with plenty of sunshine and cool evenings allowed
for excellent ripening, phenolic and flavor development in the grapes.