2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Easy to approach yet deceptively complex, with ripe red and dark berry, floral and peppery spice notes. The creamy, supple texture invites drinking. Drink now through 2023. - James Laube,
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and 2013 for the whites, is one of the strongest I have tasted with them. That is reassuring when you consider the enormous size of the umbrella Treasury Estates that owns Beringer. Beringer has been doing a beautiful job in this area, and the medium-bodied 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley represents fair value. Its deep ruby/plum color is accompanied by notes of chocolate, toast, blackcurrants and black cherries offered in a lush, sexy, fruit-driven style. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
Napa Valley's venerable Beringer Vineyards has been sourcing Cabernet from just over the hill in Sonoma County for many decades. The Knights Valley vineyard is at a higher elevation, in a valley that's tucked in between the northern tip of Napa Valley and Alexander Valley, directly underneath Mount Saint Helena. It's considered among the winery's flagship varietal wines.