A fabulous wine for the appellation, Beringer’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Knights Valley boasts gorgeous integration of fruit, acidity and tannin. This is an especially silky, textured wine for Knights Valley. Blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, tobacco, sage and rosemary are all layered into this relatively succulent, round Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet floral notes along with a hint of tar and violets add complexity on the finish. The 2010 is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc that spent 17 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. This lineup from Beringer is full of highlights. The top Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings are terrific, but I am just as drawn to the entry and mid-tier offerings for their superb value and wide availability in the market.
*Top 100 Wines of 2013* Strikingly rich and layered, this is beautifully balanced, elegant and graceful, offering a tremendous mix of blackberry, mocha, melted black licorice and currant, ending with firm, grainy tannins. The push of ripe fruit is long and persistent. Drink now through 2022. (Insider, 03/2013)
Good bright, deep red-ruby. Riper on the nose than the basic Knights Valley cabernet, offering scents of blackberry, mocha and menthol. Denser on the palate too, with lovely shape and restraint to the dark berry, bitter chocolate and licorice flavors. This will require at least a couple years in bottle to express itself. Finishes with dusty, broad, supple tannins and subtle lingering sweetness. 90+ points
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