Friday, June 17, 2011

Beringer Knights Valley Meritage 2008

This wine was enjoyed during a visit to Candela, an upscale Mexican restaurant on Coronado Island, a short ferry ride from San Diego. While a jazz trio was laying down some nice grooves and the sun was setting on the San Diego skyline, we were opening this tasty Meritage.

There was a bit of confusion on the wine list as this wine was called Alluvium in previous vintages. No matter what the name, this is a rewarding wine.

This a Bordeaux-style blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon with lesser quantities of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and a dash of Malbec. The balance is just right. There are enough tannins to support the soft Merlot and the Cab gives it enough heart to pair well with beef dishes. There is a warm berry aroma and the flavors are cooked cherries and plum with accents of mocha.

The finish is supple and lingers on the tongue. For our second bottle, we ordered a reserve Malbec – but those in our group sipped somewhat reluctantly, wishing we had gotten a second bottle of the Meritage. The Knights Valley ruled the table with its majestic flavor and soaring taste.

I was very surprised to see that gem retails for only about $22. This is 90+ quality for only pocket change.

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