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Beringer "Alluvium" Red [Bordeaux Blend] Knights Valley 2006 (Sonoma County, California) - Wine & Spirits [91 pts] & "Champion of Value"
Beringer "Alluvium" Red [Bordeaux Blend] Knights Valley 2006 (Sonoma County, California) - Wine & Spirits [91 pts] & "Champion of Value"

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Winery: Beringer
Varietal: 79% Merlot, 18% Cab Sauv, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Region: Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2006
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Located 17 miles northwest of the winery, this vineyard has volcanic, well-drained soils that are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 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. Today, Winemaker Laurie Hook uses these wonderful grapes to craft our renowned Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Alluvium Blanc and Alluvium Red.

As has become tradition, Laurie kept all of the lots separate during vinification and aging so that the subtle differences of each individual lot of the vineyard are exhibited. She tasted the lots frequently, closely monitoring fermentations and ensuring a rich, garnet color and silky tannins. The wines were then aged in small French oak barrels (53% new) for 14 months to soften the tannins and add layers of toasty oak, cedar, vanilla and sweet spice. Laurie's careful monitoring and then blending of each of these lots and varietals results in a seamless and utterly unique wine. The final blend is 79% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and small portions of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot.

What Does It Taste Like?

"Blending the Alluvium is as rewarding as it is challenging, with a commitment to create an expression of the best red Bordeaux varietals with each vintage. The proprietary Alluvium name pays homage to the alluvial soils of Knights Valley, a vineyard that Beringer has a rich history with, and one that consistently rewards me with wonderful fruit to work with. The 2007 Alluvium is ripe with cassis and cedar aromas, along with hints of cardamom and cocoa. Flavors of sun-ripened cherries, vanilla bean and a lip-smacking blackberry finish make this an instantly enthralling wine." - Laurie Hook, Beringer Vineyards Winemaker

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points & "Champion of Value" - Wine & Spirits Magazine:
"The black cherry flavors of this Cabernet blend merge into gentle, earthy tannins, finely integrated and savory in the end. It has a silken gloss, generous enough to melt in your mouth with a lamb chop."

93 Points & "Editor's Choice" - Wine Enthusiast Magazine ('04 vintage):
"This shows wonderfully layered, complex flavors, in addition to great structure. Thoroughly dry, with rich, fine tannins, it flatters with red and black currant, red cherry, milk chocolate, licorice, root beer, vanilla, dusty spice and smoky oak flavors. Luscious now and through 2010." - S.H. (3/1/2008)

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4 of 5 Yummy and not so simple October 9, 2009
Reviewer: Robert Rich from Mountain View, CA United States  
Many Napa Cabs and Merlots under $20 seek to tickle the sweet tooth with ripe cherry-chocolate flavors and lots of oak. This Bordeaux style blend somehow succeeds at delivering yummy drinkability, while also offering dusty mineral and rust fragrances with a subtle layer of herbal complexity, tobacco, a few grassy twists in the middle before finishing in an open texture with gentle opulence. Such layers make this more food-friendly (grilled skirt steak, dry aged cheeses) although also wonderful on its own.

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