A $32 Cab for under $20 (AG90, $19.95)

May 21, 2015 90+ Bargains  No comments

beringer_knights_LRGBeringer’s Knights Valley Cabernet sells for $32 at my grocery store and most grocery stores around the country.  I know this as I’ve gladly paid $32 for this wine, because at many grocery stores, it’s the only great wine they carry.  Until I got smart… I bought a case of this wine to put an end to the grocery store trips, and a few bottles in to the case, I’m more impressed than ever.

If you avoid their “Founder’s Estate” line of wedding caliber wines, Beringer’s entire lineup is excellent, but the Knights Valley Cabernet may be the best value of them all.  It routinely scores 90 points or above from a range of critics and at $20, you certainly won’t find a Napa Cab close to this good (Knights Valley is in Sonoma County).  It’s polished, balanced and frankly just excellent – with no “for the price” qualifier necessary.

In an era where “boutique” and “artisan” wines are all the rage, don’t forget about Beringer.  They have vast vineyard holdings across Sonoma and Napa and though it certainly counts them out of the artisan category, it allows them to produce remarkably consistent and high-quality wines year after year.

Buy Here: 2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet $19.95

Wine Spectator 90 points

“Easy to approach yet deceptively complex, with ripe red and dark berry, floral and peppery spice notes. The creamy, supple texture invites drinking. Drink now through 2023. 66,200 cases made. –JL”

Antonio Galloni 90 points

“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is especially deep and powerful in this vintage. Smoke, game, incense, leather, pomegranate, spice and red cherries are some of the many notes that inform this striking Cabernet from Sonoma’s Knights Valley, a fertile hunting ground for savory, mineral-driven wines full of character. This is a fabulous wine for the money, but with a production of 90,000 cases, winemaker Laurie Hook shows to achieve quality and value with scale, something that is much harder than it looks.”

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