Vintage 2016
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.

93 Points - The Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Knights Valley (containing a 2% splash of Malbec) was aged for 15 months in 32% new French oak. Deep purple-black in color, it sings of crème de cassis, black cherries and black berry preserves with touches of camphor, dark chocolate and wood smoke. Full-bodied, firm and finely grained, the palate has loads of mineral accents with black fruit layers, finishing with a lively herbal lift. 7,664 cases produced, to be released in September 2019.”  - Lisa Perotti Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018   

Tasting Notes

Royally rich in purple hues, this highly concentrated, intensely flavored wine offers rich and deep, dark fruits with blueberries, black cherries, blackberry and cherry jam, accented with dark chocolate, herbs and cassis. Full-bodied, with fine grained tannins and distinctive oak notes, finishing with mineral accents and a lively lift.  

Vintage Notes

The 2016 Sonoma harvest was early, with a mostly normal yield of exceptional quality fruit. A relatively even growing season followed welcome winter rains that helped to alleviate the drought. Temperatures cooled down in mid-September, providing a welcome break that allowed for extended flavor development. Overall, yields were down from the long-term average, but the reduction in size was offset by exemplary quality.

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.

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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