Beringer’s “black album” of an offering is no dark horse – the quality in this bottle is never in doubt! Crafted to capture the outstanding nature of the Napa Valley AVA, this is always a favorite to bring home gold. The deep garnet color hints at the pomegranate and acai within. Crème de cassis and blueberry pie play against oak, cloves and black olive on the full-bodied palate. Opulent to the point of decadence with excellent depth and a firm, grainy backbone, this finishes with a lingering, earthy note. It's already eminently enjoyable, but at this price it should make you downright giddy.
Over the past 141 years, Beringer has built its name on quality and consistency. The oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley (they used a federal license during Prohibition that allowed them to make wine for religious purposes), they’ve been instrumental in both the development of Napa’s international reputation while simultaneously serving as a critical link to its past.
First released in 2014 and made with the idea to highlight richness and opulence, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Distinctions includes slightly more valley floor fruit compared to the Knights Valley Reserve and offers a forward, sexy, incredibly satisfying style as well as lots of blackcurrant fruit, ripe tannins, and impeccable balance. Despite the richer, more forward style, it’s going to evolve just fine on its balance and concentration.
This shows a ripe and flavorful center palate with dark-berry and floral character. Full-bodied, framed and focused. Drink or hold.
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Distinctions is blended of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petite Sirah, aged in 35% new French oak for 20 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with crème de cassis, blueberry pie and preserved plums over nuances of Chinese five spice, hoisin, chocolate box and dusty soil. Full-bodied, rich and decadent, it has loads of spicy layers and a firm, grainy backbone, finishing on an earthy note.”