Beringer Vineyards has owned and farmed its Knights Valley vineyards since the mid-1960s, when the Beringer family recognized that the cobbled, rocky 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. Beringer was instrumental in garnering official recognition for the area in 1983 as a premier wine growing region with the award of its own American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation.
"This reserve steps up in terms of ripeness and depth with dark-cherry, blackcurrant and violet aromas, leading to a smooth yet powerful palate that delivers plenty of rich, dark-berry flavor. Polished tannins and astute oak deployment.” - James Suckling
"This reserve steps up in terms of ripeness and depth with dark-cherry, blackcurrant and violet aromas, leading to a smooth yet powerful palate that delivers plenty of rich, dark-berry flavor. Polished tannins and astute oak deployment.” - Virginie Boone
“Ripened to dark fig flavors, this smoky wine has the brisk mineral tannins of cabernet grown in volcanic soils. The flavors are further darkened by new oak, though they retain enough freshness to suggest the wine will benefit from a few years of bottle age to reveal its complexities.” - Joshua Greene, December 2020
Royally rich in purple hues, this highly concentrated, intensely flavored wine offers rich and deep, dark fruits with blueberries, black cherries, blackberry and cherry jam, accented with dark chocolate, herbs and cassis. Full-bodied, with fine grained tannins and distinctive oak notes, finishing with mineral accents and a lively lift. Enjoyable now, with years of aging rewarding those with patience.
The year began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended flowering with little shatter. A Labor Day weekend heatwave kicked harvest into high gear followed by a cool weather break which allowed sugar levels to return to optimum normal level. By October 8th nearly 90 percent of our 2017 grapes were harvested when warm, fierce winds fueled the unprecedented 2017 firestorm. Overall, the 2017 vintage wines are described as wines of "finesse," "great complexity of flavor," and "elegant."
Knights Valley was first acquired by Beringer in 1961, and to this day is a place of rustic and unspoiled beauty stretching for miles. Located in Sonoma County just 17 miles north of the Beringer Napa winery, it still has a bucolic feel —miles of rolling hills meandering down into a rocky, alluvial valley floor where a grand river used to run. Everything about Knights Valley gives one a sense of its uniqueness, including the wines it yields. Knights Valley’s rocky terrain, the growth and evolution of the vineyards and the myriad blocks within the 600 acres farmed by Beringer for decades makes this a growing site like no other.
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.
|Blend||98% Cab Sauvignon, 2% Malbec|