Review: 2020 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: 2020 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

I’m not sure how it happened, but this is our first time reviewing Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been around for decades, providing a reliable choice for fans of California Cabernet. The 2020 release is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. Let’s pop the top and give it a try.

Pouring dark purple in the glass, the Cab opens with a deep, enticing aroma of plum: one dimensional, but enjoyable. On the palate, plum also dominates, but now it is joined by blueberry, blackberry, a bit of white pepper, and a touch of dark chocolate. There’s good structure here, with medium-high acidity and balanced tannins that are assertive enough to help the wine stand up to bold food but inviting enough to make the wine enjoyable on its own. I’m tasting it on its own right now, but I’d love to pair it with prime rib. The finish is medium in length. The price on this wine has crept up in recent years, but for the quality, it remains a bargain choice for California Cabernet Sauvignon.

A- / $30 / beringer.com

2020 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$30
9

Rating

9.0/10

Robert Lublin teaches whisk(e)y and wine appreciation classes for Arlington Community Education, near Boston, MA. He is also a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has published books and articles on Shakespeare as well as theatre and film history.

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