Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Big, bold, smokey cab. Very nice balance, with a great nose.
Had it with capellini con funghi - nothing fancy, and for just a simple glass with a simple homemade dinner? Why not? Mouthfeel adds a touch of elegance and brightness. Medium-ish body, surprisingly complex, deep cherry-sh flavors. Silky tannin, just enough of a hint (as of yet, I don't like chewy wines).
For me the Knight's Valley is a dark ruby red, with moderate aroma, earthy, sticky, blackberry jam. It had a dry, medium body ,and the flavors we're amazing with a long finish. It was fantastic with a bolognese pulled from the freezer.
My 5-wine rating only applies to wines priced below $25. In that price range...this cab is awesome. A bit softer than some of the Cabs that come from the main Napa Valley further south of Knights Valley. Very lush and plush. Full bodied but a "velvety smoothness" that's quite unique. Might have to do with the slight bit of Merlot/Cab Franc/Syrah that tyically makes up about 5-8% of the blend. If you prefer Meritage over Cab...then this is your Cab. Not in the same class as Dominus or Opus, but better than many Cabs in the $35-$50 range. I can regularly find it for 16-19 dollars with shopping card discounts. Haven't tried the 2007 yet...but the 1998-2006 have never dissapointed me.
Nice plummy nose. Great mineral undertones. Despite the fruit its a very woody wine in which drying tannins dominate. Long finish and secondary flavors like tobacco come through.
Thought it was a pinot...thought it was a weak merlot...then, I disppointingly discovered it was a cab. No anything...thinking it wasn't worth the calories. Maybe a good cooking wine?
Awesome wine! Deep ruby in the glass. Core of pure fruit. Elegant mouthfeel. Wonderful juicy, lasting fruit. - Tasted at Beringer Private Reserve Tasting at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas 4/5/10
External Reviews for Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Firm, intense and concentrated, with spicy, loamy earth, dried berry, sage and herbal scents. Full-bodied, ending with chewy tannins and a dash of black licorice. Drink now through 2015.
Good deep, bright ruby. Black cherry, licorice and fresh herbs on the slightly medicinal nose. At once dense and juicy, with lively acidity and a firm tannic spine keeping the bright dark berry and licorice flavors under wraps today. This has good weight and balance and finishes with broad, serious, building tannins that call for a year or two of patience. Already showing a bit of flesh, but give this another year or two to round out in bottle.
Several other great values emerge from Beringer, including the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Knight's Valley. A major sleeper of the vintage, this $27 wine will probably be marked down at discounters, making it a terrific value. This sexy North Coast Cabernet offers copious quantities of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with smoky barbecue, roasted herb, sweet cassis, and blackberry scents. Round and gentle with silky tannins, this is a plush red to drink over the next 5-8 years.
Rich, with loamy earth, currant, sage, dill and dried berry fruit that's very tight, tannic and compact. Should benefit from short-term cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2015.
Jacob and Frederick Beringer founded Beringer Vineyards in the year 1870 in the heart of the Napa Valley. The winery houses it's wines in historic tunnels, hand chiseled over many years.
Beringer's Private Reserve Cabernet is always one of Napa Valley's best becuase Beringer has access to such a wide array of prime vineyard sites throughout the Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer Ranch on Howell Mountain as well as St. Helena Home Ranch, Marston and Chabot Ranches.