Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Sonoma County, California) - [JS 95] [JD 94] [VM 92] [WE 92]
Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Sonoma County, California) - [JS 95] [JD 94] [VM 92] [WE 92]
Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Sonoma County, California) - [JS 95] [JD 94] [VM 92] [WE 92]

Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
(Sonoma County, California) - [JS 95] [JD 94] [VM 92] [WE 92]


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About the Winery:

Beringer Vineyards has owned and farmed its Knights Valley vineyards since the mid-1960's, when the Beringer family recognized that the cobbled 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. Since then, they have garnered scores as high as 94 points and a rank #8 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list for the Reserve tier.

Located 17 miles northwest of the winery, this vineyard has rocky, alluvial, well-drained soils that are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Knights Valley designation was first used on a Beringer label in 1974. Beringer was also instrumental in garnering official recognition for the area in 1983 as a premier wine growing region in the form of its own American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation.


Winemaking:
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 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine was aged in small French Nevers oak barrels (51% percent new) for 20 months, enhancing the rich mouthfeel and structure.

Tasting Notes:
Deep garnet-ruby in color, the 2018 Knights Valley Reserve invites with deep aromas of black cherries and kirsch lifted with a touch of blue flowers and mint. Concentrated flavors of black currant, blackberries and cassis coat the palate with notes of warm spices, vanilla and mocha. This is a bold Cabernet richly textured with polished tannins, focused in crushed dark fruit, and underlain with a fine tension that extends the long, earthy finish.

Ratings & Reviews


95 Points - James Suckling:
“Baked-blueberry, spiced-cherry, praline and vanilla aromas. Some gravel and pine undertones. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight tannins. Creamy and supple with seamless fruit and hazelnut layers. Sleek and polished tannins.” (January 2021)

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve is a beauty and is all Cabernet brought up in 51% new French oak, which is on the lower end for this estate. Its deep purple color is followed by a classic, nicely structured Knights Valley Cabernet with lots of savory red and black fruits, loamy earth, tobacco leaf, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. With beautiful richness and mid-palate depth, ripe yet present tannins, and outstanding length, it’s going to drink nicely for 10-15 years." (1/27/2021)

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley Reserve is super expressive right out of the gate, which is unusual for a young Knights Valley wine. Crème de cassis, gravel, sage, menthol and licorice give the 2018 much of its dark, somber personality. The winemaking team has really pulled back on the extraction than in the past. The purity of the fruit is striking." - Antonio Galloni (1/2021)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This is an elegantly structured and refined wine, full-bodied in style, with 20 months of barrel aging in French oak, a little more than half of it new. Black currant, black cherry and cassis combine around integrated tannin and lasting notes of sage and leather." - VB (12/2021)