Beringer Knights Valley Reserve 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $42.49-$49.99, 93 points, poured black almost from stem to stern with a modest deep purple margin and clear wine ring.
The bouquet of cedar, black currant, loam, with hints of fresh linen and vanilla were excellent.
Full-bodied, good acidity, grainy layered and accelerating tannins carried, with power, flavors reflective of the bouquet, mint, anise, intense spice and savory.
Finished long, meaty, spicy, and warm from the 14.9% alcohol.
This is a massive red wine, complex, and drinks fine as a stand-alone wine, but pair with rich stews, steaks, shanks of lamb, or sticky barbecues.
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