Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Wine Spectator: Rated as Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style. "A lot of Cabernet at this price. Combines ripe, plump plum, black cherry and black berry flavors in a rich, smooth, polished style, full bodied and firming nicely on the finish, where the tannins have a minerally edge. Drink now through 2021." Dec 2011
Wine Spectator: one of "10 California Values". December 5, 2011
Winery: "The 2009 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of clove, allspice, lavender, and cocoa. Juicy flavors of blackberry, sweet tobacco, and pink pepper are accented by fine, approachable tannins, nice body and a rich finish."
Wired For Wine: This Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has many rich, seductive layers, all with tremendous concentration, and you are going to want to swim through each and every one. Suit up wine lovers; you do NOT want to miss this rich, red Californian. It has some great aging potential, so you might want to consider getting some for the cellar, for that 20th anniversary, or special occasion down the road... If you're drinking it now, our favorite choice for this velvety beauty is Mario Batali's grilled lamb chops with garlic confit and mint. Next to them, nestle some eggplant involtini - thin slices of eggplant, wrapped around ricotta, egg and spices, which are then baked in a tomato sauce. They will be perfecct for the minerally tannins and pink pepper notes of this Beringer Cab. This is a robust meal, which is the least that this Knights Valley knockout deserves. If you prefer a different meat, the juicy, dark fruit of this Beringer beauty warrants a special trip to the butcher for some thick, marbled steaks of your choice. Grill them the way you like, and serve them with a rich sauce like Béarnaise, next to potatoes your favorite way. They will bring out the fine tannins, and you won't believe your taste buds. If you have any room left, we suggest a slice of dense bittersweet chocolate tart sprinkled with toasted pine nuts. The savory alternative is not for the cheese faint of heart... We recommend a potent, aged Camembert to accompany another glass or two. Get out the big glasses winelovers!
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Aging: 15 months in small French Nevers oak barrels (28% new)
Region: Knights Valley, Sonoma, California
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