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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 11 
ProducerBeringer Vineyards (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationKnights Valley
UPC Code(s)089819019052

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2013 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.2 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 33 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Motz on 5/30/2014 & rated 89 points: Ripe dark fruits on the nose, thankfully not excessively oaky. Notable Knight's Valley terroir elements on the palate, olive grove, sage, and some pleasant dustiness. Medium plus body, very good concentration and grip. Showing well now, but it still has three to five years of drinking window. (1009 views)
 Tasted by kbhiggins on 7/19/2013 & rated 90 points: Last had this about 3 years ago. Thought it was fantastic especially at the $20 price point. Really nice nose, medium bodied wine with a pleasant finish. (1642 views)
 Tasted by Bam_Man on 2/27/2013 & rated 89 points: Pleasantly surprised at how good this is. The nose does not offer much - just some earth and a bit of heat. Lots of Knights Valley terroir on the palate though. Medium-bodied and quite fruity - but with the dusty, herbal character that is unmistakably Sonoma. Has a nice, long finish of black cherries and chocolate, ending with fine-grained tannins. Excellent QPR for this category at around $18.
50+5+11+15+8=89 (2288 views)
 Tasted by Jayarr on 7/21/2012 & rated 89 points: Same notes as last time. I like this wine! (2550 views)
 Tasted by Jayarr on 5/10/2012 & rated 89 points: I was pleased with this one. Much better the second day as the tannins calmed down a bit letting the fruit have a say. Smooth, easy drinking with earth, cedar and smoke along with solid black fruit and fine tannins. (2638 views)
 Tasted by markandsusanw on 12/3/2011 & rated 89 points: Decanted approx. 1 hour ... A tad too sweet, this is nicely rich and lush. Definitely a jammy element, though that's clearly starting to straddle the line to syrupy. Could use a bit more backbone for balance. If you've got 'em, probably best to drink up, as I don't see this holding up too much longer.

UPDATE DAY TWO: Hmm, I guess I have to eat some crow on this note, because this wine DID improve on day two. It smoothed out with all heat dissipated and was not at all syrupy. Guess this one still has some nice life left in it yet, after all. Raised my score a few points, accordingly. (2692 views)
 Tasted by chanote44 on 7/22/2011 & rated 89 points: Let it breathe. It really shines with terrific brdeaux like quality. (2201 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 5/21/2011 & rated 91 points: easy drinking blend. mostly merlot, cab sauv, cabernet franc followed by petit verdot and malbec. silky purple and slightly tannic. good black and red fruit, cherries stick out. cocoa, vanilla cedar and smoke. (2212 views)
 Tasted by Syrogr on 4/22/2011 & rated 90 points: Cherries, easy smoke and smooth silk. Almost unremarkable in its refined simplicity. (1929 views)
 Tasted by Gilmortal on 2/13/2011 & rated 87 points: Great meat-and-potatoes red-blend. A little too much heat, or I'd have given it a 90. (2032 views)
 Tasted by Gilmortal on 2/13/2011 & rated 87 points: Same as other comments. (2050 views)
 Tasted by RedValues on 12/28/2010 & rated 87 points: Popped and poured through Nuance, plum color, almost opaque, medium mouthfeel, tannins/heat on finish, not sure if worth $28 price point. (2368 views)
 Tasted by kbhiggins on 10/22/2010 & rated 89 points: Better than the last bottle. Tannins are still very prominent, but the wine is very balanced. This wine has a lot of life left in it and at $20, this one is a fantastic value. Looking forward to another bottle. (2324 views)
 Tasted by markandsusanw on 9/26/2010 & rated 89 points: Decanted approx. 30 min ... This has been one of our go-to, everyday favorites for quite some time. After not having it in a while, I'm finding it a bit sweet (always an issue with this wine, but seems worse this time) and a little lacking in depth. It is still lush and plush and altogether quite tasty but, for $25/bottle (approx.), I think there are better options. To be fair, if this was $17-$19, I'd think it a screaming bargain, but at it's current price point it's just not quite special enough for me to flat out love, and has dropped off our "must buy" list. (2589 views)
 Tasted by merryberry on 6/16/2010 & rated 86 points: Dark ruby red. Sweet jammy nose of strawberry, raspberry, and earth. Medium bodied, cranberries, sour cherries, heavy oak, spices, drying tannins, and a slightly bitter medium finish. Parts of it are good, but they're not working well together yet. (2521 views)
 Tasted by Bakek on 5/23/2010 & rated 86 points: Meh. It was ok, but there was little fruit or complexity (2672 views)
 Tasted by DoubleMagnum on 5/14/2010 & rated 90 points: It's been a while since I've tried California wine at this price point with such restrain. The classic Cali Cabernet notes keep it far from a typical Bordeaux. Tannins are still a bit dusty but there's a good amount of fruit to put to sleep for a couple of years. The structure should develop quite nicely by then. This is definitely no $5 cab. You can tell it took some work to make. What a nice adventure wine is! (2646 views)
 Tasted by HondaJohn71 on 3/28/2010 & rated 89 points: Much better the day after ... needs time to breath and probably another year or two in bottle. (2902 views)
 Tasted by RedValues on 2/13/2010 & rated 89 points: Popped at restaurant and drank with dinner, lighter color than expected from a Bordeaux, not much nose, silky flavor, balanced tannins, wine person said its more like a French style rather than CA, seems like a great value, will repurchase at $25. (3087 views)
 Tasted by vinoceros on 2/12/2010 & rated 89 points: Definitely more what I expected out of this wine than the first bottle was. Red fruit, spice, a touch of oak and vanilla. I'd drink this again. Really well balanced all around. Held up great over two nights - almost no variation between 1 and 2. (2851 views)
 Tasted by vinoceros on 2/2/2010 & rated 87 points: Tart and jammy. Made me think more of a Shiraz than a Bordeaux-style blend. Certainly a good value and good quality wine in any case. (2929 views)
 Tasted by East Dallas Wino on 1/30/2010 & rated 90 points: Really a good value. Accessible now but will probably keep up for another few years. Typical nose of a red blend: cinnamon, spice, vanilla. Similar notes on the palate. It's a shame Beringer gets an unfair wrap because of their lower quality wines-- it's really a great winery from the bottom line up to the top. (2975 views)
 Tasted by kbhiggins on 1/1/2010 & rated 88 points: Bright cherry and plum forward with cocoa on the back with a nice smooth finish. (3075 views)
 Tasted by noraisins on 12/30/2009 & rated 81 points: This wine has a beautiful dark red color. The wine is firm and balanced in the mouth. There are some strong tanins and a great deal of wood in the taste. I think it will be better in a year or two. (3074 views)
 Tasted by markandsusanw on 12/17/2009 & rated 90 points: Big wine for the price. Jammy flavors with a hint of spice. Slight sweetness with smooth tannins and great, rich depth. Definitely drinks more like a Syrah or Zin blend than a classic Bordeaux. (3236 views)
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