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Just seventeen miles north of our Beringer Winery in St. Helena sits Knights Valley, a rustic and undeveloped hidden gem of volcanic rock and alluvial soils taht are perfect for growing Bordeaux-style wines. For over three decades, Beringer has been producing wines here, and now we're pleased to present this Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with notes of blackberry, dried herbs, and star anise balanced with distinct, rich tannins.
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is especially deep and powerful in this vintage. Smoke, game, incense, leather, pomegranate, spice and red cherries are some of the many notes that inform this striking Cabernet from Sonoma's Knights Valley, a fertile hunting ground for savory, mineral-driven wines full of character. This is a fabulous wine for the money, but with a production of 90,000 cases, winemaker Laurie Hook shows to achieve quality and value with scale, something that is much harder than it looks. This lineup from Beringer and winemaker Laurie Hook is commendable for many reasons, chief among them a number of large production value-priced gems that deliver fabulous quality for the money. Of course, most of the flagship wines are terrific, but it is the performance of the entry-level wines that is particularly remarkable. (10/2014)90 points Wine Spectator
Easy to approach yet deceptively complex, with ripe red and dark berry, floral and peppery spice notes. The creamy, supple texture invites drinking. Drink now through 2023. - James Laube, (11/2014)Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and 2013 for the whites, is one of the strongest I have tasted with them. That is reassuring when you consider the enormous size of the umbrella Treasury Estates that owns Beringer. Beringer has been doing a beautiful job in this area, and the medium-bodied 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley represents fair value. Its deep ruby/plum color is accompanied by notes of chocolate, toast, blackcurrants and black cherries offered in a lush, sexy, fruit-driven style. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
Domaine Cigalus enjoys a hot, sunny Mediterranean climate (described as “semi-arid with temperate spring variants”) ensuring early ripening of all the grape varieties.
This arid climate (low rainfall) is offset by the very deep soils (sediments deposited by the Aussou, a stream at the edge of the estate) which store the winter rains for longer but which are less fertile due to the presence of a slightly chalky sandstone in the subsoil, dating back to the Campanian (secondary era, prior to the emergence of the Pyrenees).
Intense ruby colour with a mahogany hue. First the bouquet shouts concentrated, very ripe black fruit. After a little time in the glass, more complexity with grilled spice and toasted oak unfolds. The palate is lush and opulent with velvety tannins. The aromas of black fruit -blackberries, black cherries and plums - reappear with a complex empyreumatic web leading into mint. The finish is long with a perfect balance.
The vineyard is managed according to the biodynamic system where the energy of the soil lies at the heart of the process. All the work in the vineyard – ploughing and pruning – and in the cellars is driven by a calendar based on two celestial objects: the moon and the sun.
The vines are thus in equilibrium with the soil and are therefore able to give full expression of our terroir in the resultant wines.
The grapes are picked by hand in early October once they have reached optimum maturity (supple to the touch, the juice runs coloured, not clear, and the pips no longer taste bitter). The bunches are carefully placed whole in « cagettes » (very small wooden crates) to preserve their perfect condition and avoid any natural crushing. The Syrah and Carignan are vinified separately in full grapes with a carbonic maceration. The other varietals are destemmed and vinified in the traditional way for 20 days at a controlled temperature. Once the fermentation is completed, the varieties are placed in 225 litres new French oak barrels for 12 months. This type of new barrel is selected especially to complement the characteristics of each vintage. Unfiltered, the wine is bottled and further bottle-aged prior to release.
This wine has lots of upfront fruit while having a soft round structure and a slight hint of oak. The aromas and flavors show fresh berries, plums and vanilla. The palate is rich and plush with good structure. The soft velvety tannins provide balance and length. This wine can be enjoyed now, but will also improve with short term cellaring.
Our Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers an appealing tropical fruit character typical of warm sites like the Wahluke Slope. I like this Chardonnay’s ripe pineapple flavors and rich, creamy texture. Try it with scallops, scampi or pasta with rich sauces.
salmon, fresh crab, pork, poultry