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2014 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon




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. Beringer was instrumental in garnering official recognition for the area in 1983 as a premier wine growing region with the award of its own American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation.

Awards & Accolades

  • 93

    Wine Spectator

    "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." - Jim Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2018

  • 92

    "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,, May 2017

  • 91

    Vinous Media

    "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, Vinous Media, January 2017.

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

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.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Knights Valley AVA

Knight's Valley


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.


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.

Laurie Hook - Former Winemaker

Laurie Hook, Beringer's Winemaker Emeritus, began her career in the winemaking program at University of California at Davis, which is noted for training some of the best winemakers around the world. Upon graduating in 1984, she traveled to Australia to work at a small winery. After returning to work a harvest in Sonoma, Laurie came to Beringer as an enologist in 1986, a job that allowed her to solidify the scientific side of her training. In 1997, she was named Assistant Winemaker to Beringer Winemaster Ed Sbragia, and in 2000 she was promoted to Winemaker for Beringer Vineyards. Laurie lead our winemaking team for 15 years before transitioning to winemaker Emeritus in 2015.

Former Winemaker Laurie Hook

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