Seldom does a head winemaker take over the reins at Beringer. There had been three since the '70s. Myron Nightingale was responsible for the turn-around at Beringer in the '70s. He introduced the Private Reserve Cabernet and Chardonnay. His understudy, the great Ed Sbragia, guided Beringer through the great successes during the '80s and '90s and passed his position to Laurie Hook in 2000.
In 2015, Hook stepped down and Mark Beringer took charge. Mark is a direct descendant of Jacob Beringer, one of the Beringer brothers who founded the iconic winery in 1876 - one of Napa's oldest and respected estates. Mark's oeuvre is apparent these days Knights Valley Cabernet, guess its fair to say, "didn't fall far from the tree."
Tasting the new release 2018 Knights Valley Cabernet its affirms Beringer's craftsmanship. Is the 2018 as good as the epic 2016 that you snatched up 14,000 bottles of at your favorite wine shop? At this early stage, the aromatics nod goes to the 2016. For density, intensity and concentration, the 2018 gets the edge. Once again, I don't know of a better Cabernet at this price.