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    Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends - Sonoma County, California

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    Professional Ratings: 91 Wine & Spirits

    Region: Sonoma County, California

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 97652

    Winemaker's Notes:

    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.

    "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 2006 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

    Critical Acclaim:

    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.

    91 Points
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    User Reviews:

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    DC Wine (9/22/2010)
    Very appealing bordeaux that leans slightly more toward the Merlot than Cab. Let it breath a little before drinking with meal. Solid character with good tanins, especially for a less than $20 bottle (sale price). Will definitely buy again.
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    OregonWineSnob (9/3/2010)
    A little too acidic for our taste, we are Merlot and Syrah drinkers so that probably explains it.
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    david mena (9/26/2010)
    Pretty dissapointing. You get what you pay for, or in this case, you get less than what you pay for.
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    mnatale (9/8/2011)
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    Red w/Attitude (6/30/2011)

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