Our winemakers craft Winery Exclusive wines to honor our winery heritage as well as to highlight our own viticultural explorations. Each of the wines in this collection are produced in limited quantities, showcasing a vineyard, varietal or growing region. Styled to be enjoyed upon release, these unique offerings may vary by vintage and reflect the quality, history and winemaking expertise that Beringer has been known for since 1876.
The frame of this red blend is Sangiovese, so it is no surprise that aromas and flavors of spice, pomegranate, cranberry, plum and raspberry dominate, with touches of orange rind and brown sugar highlighted by elegant tannins with a rich, full mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Perfect for roasted meats, stews and roasted root vegetables, this will prove to be a real crowd pleaser.
The 2016 Knights Valley harvest was early, with a mostly normal yield of exceptional quality fruit throughout the state. A relatively even growing season followed welcome winter rains that helped to alleviate the drought. Temperatures cooled down mid-September, providing a welcome seven to ten-day break in between harvesting white grapes and red grapes. Overall, yields were down from the long- term average, with wine quality exemplary.
Located 17 miles northwest of the winery, Knights Valley vineyard is approximately 600 acres, and has rocky, well-drained soils that are perfectly suited to Bordeaux varietals.
Vineyard lots are carefully segregated to allow each lot to be evaluated for inclusion in these limited release wines. Fruit is fermented in small stainless tanks, undergoing 100% secondary malolactic fermentation prior to extended aging for 16 months in a mixture of French and American oak, including 20% new French Oak.
Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards' founding brother Jacob Beringer, was immersed in wine from the moment he was born in the heart of the Napa Valley. As the direct descendant to Beringer's first winemaker and one of the most iconic family names in Napa Valley wine history, he knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. As a young man he spent many hours working in his family's wine store in Saint Helena, expanding his knowledge of wine as well as gaining an appreciation for wines outside of the famous region he has always called home.
|Oak Treatment||Aged 16 months in oak (20% new)|
|Blend||98% Sangiovese, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon|