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2009 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

March 16, 2012 - Norman Bentley

I love steak. I love steak cooked on the grill. I love steak cooked on the grill and paired with a good bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon! For me, there is no better meal than a two inch thick fillet mignon cooked on the grill medium rare, and served with a good bottle of Cab, like the 2009 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. What else can I say? Well I could tell you what a beautiful place the Knights Valley is.

The Knights Valley is located in Sonoma County about half way between Healdsburg and St. Helena, over in Napa County, where the Beringer Winery is located. The meandering two lane highway which passes through the beautiful valley is one of the most picturesque vineyard drives in all of California. I think it is worth the drive to see this small agricultural gem, even if you aren't heading in that direction for any other reason.

I enjoyed the first Beringer Knights Valley Cab to arrive in the Atlanta area back in the mid 1980's and I haven't missed many since then. The 2009 is one of the best in quite awhile! In the last ten years scores for this wine have ranged between 88 and 92, with "The Wine Spectator" giving this 2009 vintage a 91. Maybe my steak was extra good, but I am scoring this one a 93.

The wine is dark red in color and rich in flavor. The nose is full of blackberry jam with cherry sauce. This a polished Cab with layered flavors of black cherry, plum, and blackberry, leading into a strong and lingering finish, accented by silky tannins and juicy rich fruit traces. There is almost no time to taste the steak, because you want another sip of the wine! This is a lot of Cab for the money. Norm's score is 93.

Score: 93

Price: $20 - $26


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