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Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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The wine 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

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Beringer Vineyards:
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed ... Read more
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed Sbragia continue to draw from over a dozen vineyards to create world-class wines from varying soil compositions and climates. The winery managed to survive, and even thrive, during Prohibition by selling sacramental wines with a federal license. Since the wine was being made for religious purposes, it was legal! A unique aspect of Beringer is the tunnel system that was carved into the side of Spring Mountain around 1880. Chinese immigrant workers, the same workers that helped build the Trans-Continental Railroad, spent years hand-chiseling the 1,200 feet of tunnels. To this day, the tunnels act as a natural insulator, keeping the temperature between 58 and 60 degrees year-round, ideal for storing wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: judgelog
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4.00 5
01/09/2009

Big, bold, smokey cab. Very nice balance, with a great nose.


Snooth User: oxjinixo
74403169
3.00 5
11/13/2009

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).


Snooth User: BigToys
36078115
4.00 5
05/04/2009

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.


Snooth User: BasilNew
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5.00 5
04/12/2010

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.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,553
3.50 5
07/20/2009

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.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
04/06/2010

Crisp, cabernet franc-like nose. Ripe, lush, dark berry compote. Anise hints throughout. - Tasted at Beringer Private Reserve Tasting at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas 4/5/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
04/06/2010

AWESOME! Dark crimson in the glass. Super concentrated nose. Lush and beautiful fruit. Wonderfully integrated tannin. The fruit is lush and ripe and lingers long and pure. Very floral on the back end. Pleasant hints of spice on the finish. Some slight mint. - Tasted at Beringer Private Reserve Tasting at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas 4/5/10


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External Reviews for Beringer St. Helena Home Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 91An appealing wine showing likeable softness and flashy flavors. The palate brings cassis, mocha, licorice, sweet tobacco, sage, Asian spice and smoky oak; finishes long and rich. Notable for its superb structure.Wine Tasting NotesThe Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has bright cherry fruit flavors, sweet vanilla oak, and smokey aromas that are accented by a pretty background of dried herbs and bramblebush scents. The wine is well structured with a full mouth of fruit that is sweet and zesty, and supported by a nice bright acidity and round tannins. A small amount of Malbec was added to the final blend for greater complexity.


External Review
10/06/2009

The wine 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


External Review
05/18/2011

Characteristic deep black cherry aromas and flavors backed by subtler hints of briery berries, cedar and coffee.


External Review
03/05/2009

The wine that made Knights Valley famous. This has been even better in recent vintages than when it began, yet it has consistently shown a ripe, soft, appealing style.


External Review
05/18/2011

Firm and tannic, with a concentrated beam of cedar- and tobacco-scented currant, plum and blackberry flavors that soften on the finish.


External Review
05/18/2011

A very nice wine, with good, ripe black-currant fruit; dry and balanced with aromas and flavors of sweet, smoky oak. The flash is on the surface and it's a little sharp, so it's not an ager. But it's a tasty wine.


External Review
05/18/2011

Complex, with tasty currant, black cherry, mocha, vanilla and nutmeg flavors that are rich and deep, showing concentration and focus. Best from 2001 through 2009.


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The wine 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

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