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Beringer Vineyards Sangiovese Napa Valley Leaning Oak Knights Valley Vineyard 2005

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The majority of fruit in the 2005 Leaning Oak Sangiovese came from Beringer’s Knights Valley vineyard. Located 17 miles northwest of the winery, this vineyard has volcanic, well-drained soils. The Knights Valley designation was first used on a Beringer label in 1974. By 1983, this area had won official recognition as a premier wine growing region in the form of its own American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation. This pristine valley has a warm climate, which allows the fruit to reach the perfect ripeness needed to maximize the bright red fruit aromas and flavors that are characteristic of this varietal. At night, cooling fogs slowly work their way east from the Pacific Ocean, and help the Sangiovese to maintain its essential bright acidity.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: Red
Varietal: Sangiovese
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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

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Snooth User: SimianLogic
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12/18/2007

Four glasses



The majority of fruit in the 2005 Leaning Oak Sangiovese came from Beringer’s Knights Valley vineyard. Located 17 miles northwest of the winery, this vineyard has volcanic, well-drained soils. The Knights Valley designation was first used on a Beringer label in 1974. By 1983, this area had won official recognition as a premier wine growing region in the form of its own American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation. This pristine valley has a warm climate, which allows the fruit to reach the perfect ripeness needed to maximize the bright red fruit aromas and flavors that are characteristic of this varietal. At night, cooling fogs slowly work their way east from the Pacific Ocean, and help the Sangiovese to maintain its essential bright acidity.

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