Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 92757)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 77 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

"Knights Valley is a very special place for us at Beringer. As you drive over the mountain from St. Helena, the valley opens up before your eyes and you immediately feel transported to another time, where things are slower and more rustic. This wine captures that place with great intensity of black fruit aromas and flavors that continue to a long satisfying finish."
—Laurie Hook, Winemaker

To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard, Laurie kept them all separate through vinification and aging. Extended maceration extracted a maximum of color, aromas and flavors. The wines were then aged in small French Nevers oak barrels (30% new) for sixteen months. After aging, Laurie blended the lots of Cabernet Sauvignon to highlight Knights Valley's characteristically bright black cherry fruit. The wine also has toasty oak, vanilla, cedar and smoky aromas accented by a pretty background of pink peppercorn, cocoa and mint. Small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah were added for additional complexity. A full mouth of sweet, zesty and rich black fruit is supported by nice bright acidity and ripe tannins.

"An appealing wine showing likeable softness and flashy flavors. The palate brings cassis, mocha, licorice, sweet tobacco, sage, Asian spice and smoky oak; finisheds long and rich. Notable for its superb structure."
-Wine Enthusiast

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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.



Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Barton & Guestier Bistro Wine Pinot Noir 2005
Barton & Guestier Bistro Wine Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 88650)

PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

In France, the local bistro is where folks go to relax, socialize, drink wine and dine in a casual, friendly setting.

This Pinot Noir has all the right qualities of a good bistro wine: it is simple, delicious, fun to drink, and pairs well with lots of different foods and flavors.

Soft and round on the palate, this wine is chock full of ripe, wild berry flavors and aromas that culminate in a long, supple finish.

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About Barton & Guestier:

The company's founder, Thomas Barton, left his native Ireland and emigrated to Bordeaux when he was just 30 years old. He was a true adventurer, looking to make his fortune, and founded a shipping company in 1725. The first barrels of wine were naturally exported to Ireland, which, along with Holland, was the biggest market for Bordeaux in the early 18th century. Very quickly, his efforts brought an unbelievable level of prosperity. He was the first shipper to have his own wine estates. By 1747, Thomas Barton was considered Bordeaux’s number one shipper. His loyal clients nicknamed him "French Tom".

His family, his associates and his successors followed his example. In 1802, his grandson, Hugh Barton, teamed up with his friend Daniel Guestier, a French shipowner, to create Barton & Guestier. Both men's children and grandchildren went into the business, until the mid-20th century. Today, a dedicated team and over a hundred distributors continue to develop the Barton & Guestier brand worldwide. Barton & Guestier wines are widely recognized throughout the world as wines of excellent quality and tremendous value. The list of wines has also grown to include a broad range of classics from the greatest wine regions of France.