Our winemakers craft Winery Exclusive wines to honor our winery heritage as well as to highlight our own viticultural explorations. Each of the wines in this collection are produced in limited quantities, showcasing a vineyard, varietal or growing region. Styled to be enjoyed upon release, these unique offerings may vary by vintage and reflect the quality, history and winemaking expertise that Beringer has been known for since 1876.
The backbone of this red blend is Sangiovese, so it is no surprise that dominant aromas and flavors of spice, cranberry, plum and raspberry dominate, with touches of orange rind, brown sugar and pomegranate highlighted by evident tannins and a lingering finish. Perfect for roasted meats, stews and roasted root vegetables, this will prove to be a real crowd pleaser.
Fruit was harvested on September 20, 2015 following a beautiful growing season with consistent, moderate weather with few heat spikes and little rain. Bud break was early following a dry winter and early spring. As the drought continued and worsened after three years, the amount of fruit on the vines, depending on varietal, was smaller.
Located 17 miles northwest of the winery, Knights Valley vineyard is approximately 600 acres, and has rocky, well-drained soils that are perfectly suited to Bordeaux varietals.
Vineyard lots are carefully segregated to allow each lot to be evaluated for inclusion in these limited release wines. Fruit is fermented in small stainless tanks, undergoing 100% secondary malolactic fermentation prior to extended aging for 14 months in a mixture of French and American oak, including 40% new French Oak.
Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards' founding brother Jacob Beringer, was immersed in wine from the moment he was born in the heart of the Napa Valley. As the direct descendant to Beringer's first winemaker and one of the most iconic family names in Napa Valley wine history, he knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. As a young man he spent many hours working in his family's wine store in Saint Helena, expanding his knowledge of wine as well as gaining an appreciation for wines outside of the famous region he has always called home.
|Oak Treatment||14 months in a mixture of French and American oak, including 40% new French Oak|
|Blend||Sangiovese 96.5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 3.5%|