Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Beringer Knights Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Beringer Knights Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $29.99-$34.99, 90+ points, poured an opaque ruby trending a juiced black currant purple/red with a broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic cherry fruit on the nose with hints of cedar were good though rather straight forward.
The unctuous full body carried flavors of the aromas along with a horde of other fruit flavors including blueberry, black currant, and boysenberry, but there were balancing licorice and cola notes as well.
Acidity and tannin were appropriate, but more like background music to the fruit symphony.
Finished long on red cherry, a perfect 14.3% alcohol, an almost peat taste, and warm spices.
Varietals were 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec.
I know, don't say it, "sacrilege", but to those which love Apothic red wines, once they taste this 2012 Knights Valley Cab, they'll never be able to go back. 
Beringer Knights Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has doubled in price in four years, and begs for answers to things like: Is the wine worth the price, is this higher price demand driven, has the quality substantially improved to warrant the extra cost, and is there really that much inflation? The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind.


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