Good Morning Gentle Readers,
After stumbling a couple of times here in the new millennium, Beringer is back on its game. The 2005 Knight's Valley Cab is a perfect embodiment of what we have come to expect from a big, bold California Cabernet.
It was an unexpected surprise, too. Delightful from the first pour, no fumes, no barnyard, no waiting for the oxygen to do some repair work. Swirl it in the glass just a bit, let the wafting aroma tantalize your senses, sip, enjoy the rich black fruits edged with a little oak and vanilla. From first sip to the dregs, this wine will leave you wishing there was a little bit more.
Wine Enthusiast called it a well-deserved 91.....
An appealing wine showing likable softness and flashy flavors. The palate brings cassis, mocha, licorice, sweet tobacco, sage, Asian spice and smoky oak; finished long and rich. Notable for its superb structure.
Wine & Spirits tossed it a quite respectable 92.....
This deep, juicy Cabernet could define the Beringer style, a lot of fruit crafted with a lot of oak.....pure black currant, the oak age bringing out spice, a creamy richness to the texture, a solid structure. The flavor of those tiny round black berries is the flavor that lasts.
The Knights Valley also made the top 100 list at wine.com, where wines are rated according to how many bottles fly off the shelf. That'll skew the results because guys like us are going to buy everyday drinking wine ten times more often than the pretty good to really great wine we'd drink if money was no object.
You'll want to enjoy this wine with hearty fare, as it will enhance the experience. TWC suggests chateaubriand (or medium rare grilled filet mignon) served with bernaise sauce, the making of which requires a little white wine. Although the occurrences are quite rare, there are a few respectable uses for white wine.
Remember! Lips that touch white wine, shall never touch mine. Such a promise provides a sense of relief to most of my friends, and thereby ensures the consumption of an occasional glass of Chard (for insurance purposes only).
Life is a Cabernet my friends, and this is one to enjoy.