Let’s play a word game. We’ll say a word and you tell us what pops in your head.
Crap, you can’t talk back. But, we know what you were thinking!
So what if we were to align the word “Beringer” with words like “Founder’s Estate,” “Bordeaux varietals,” and “worth $30 a bottle”? You’d probably say there’s no way.
But there is. And it’s call Knights Valley. Knights is an area 17 miles northwest of the main Beringer winery in St. Helena, CA, and they’ve been farming the area since the mid-1960′s. Now, Knights Valley is receiving its own bottling and getting rave reviews while releasing it. To date, Beringer has released a Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon), Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Meritage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.
We haven’t tried the white blend, but the Cab tastes like a quintessential California Cab – it hits all the right notes. The Meritage brims with dark red and black fruits – black and red cherries, plum, and currants. You can taste barrel spices such as nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. They call this wine “a crowd pleaser.” We call it “we can’t believe it’s Beringer!”
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