Beringer Knights Valley Meritage Comforts on a Winter Night
It has been a particularly cold winter with plenty of snow and gloomy skies here in
I have consumed a good number of hearty Cabernets to offset the chill and gloom.
One that stood out for me was the Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is
, mind you, not Sonoma . I found it to be edgy and exciting, filled with complex, intense flavors. Napa
Having never tried the Beringer Meritage from the same area, I decided it was time to do so.
Meritage (pronounced MEH-rih-tage, like Heritage) is a term used by
wineries for their higher-end U.S. blend wines. These wines must contain at least two or more of these varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, or Carmenere, and no single varietal can make up more than 90% of the blend. There are white Meritage wines as well. Bordeaux
The Beringer Knights Valley Meritage 2010 is made of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot. The color is deep purple/garnet. Lots of smoky oak aromas are layered together with a hint of graphite (I remember this vividly from the Cabernet), dark berry and blueberry. A pop of spice and fresh herb folds in, too.
The palate is rich and supple and full of dark fruits—blackberry and black cherry, with more of the smoky oak along with more fresh herb and spice.