Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Review 2014Editor’s Note: This Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Review is part of our value wine series of articles. This week we’re covering a number of grocery store wines and digging a bit deeper into what makes them so popular. Along the way, we’ll cover tasting notes, food pairings and additional insight into how the Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon is made.

 Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Review 2014 from California, USA

Vintage: 2014

Our Score

While Beringer crafts a few different lines of wine, today we’ll be covering their Founder’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a favorite household wine for many, and a cheap one at that. In many cases, the Founder’s Estate can be found for as little as $7.99 per bottle, and it offers a more concentrated and slightly more complex style of Cabernet when compared to the Beringer classic version.

Beringer has been making wine in the United States since 1876. Today, Jacob Beringer’s great-great-grandson Mark Beringer heads up wine making operations across their numerous vineyards and facilities around California.

Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Review 2014 - Beringer Better Beckons Murad Osmann

Recently, Instagram photo pioneers Murad and Nataly Osmann partnered with Beringer Vineyards for their “Better Beckons” campaign and photo series. Here are a couple of the images the couple shot on various Beringer Vineyard properties.

Making the Wine

Because the Founder’s Estate Cabernet is sourced from a number of vineyards throughout California, the appellation for production is simply designated as “California.” These vineyards exist within both well known growing regions as well as some up and comers. For the Founder’s Estate Cab, grapes are sourced from Monterey, and Paso Robles, which are coastal locations that offer unique cooling effects and micro-climates conducive to producing more complex Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, grapes are sourced from Lodi, Sacramento and San Joaquin in order to bring further balance and flavor to the end wine product.

As a credit to Beringer’s wine production strategy, it’s also worth noting that all of their wines are sustainably produced. Even the vineyards they lease and source grapes from are certified sustainable.

Lastly, the 2014 Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in New French Oak, as opposed to American Oak, which brings a delightful hint of spice, smoke and toasted notes to the wine.

READ: Our guide to the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety

Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Review, Tasting Notes and Food Pairings

Image taken on one of Beringer’s many vineyard properties. Photo by Murad and Nataly Osmann.

Calories in the Beringer Estate Cabernet

If you’re wondering about the amount of calories present in the Beringer Cabernet, fear not. This baby will net you roughly 125 calories per 5 ounce pour, which is on par with other Cabernet Sauvignons. While that may seem like a fair amount, Cabernet is actually a good and relatively healthy varietal because not only is it a dry wine (no residual sugar), it’s relatively tannic. Tannins are healthy polyphenolic compounds that have been should to have healthy antioxidant properties. In addition, you’re getting resveratrol in your blood stream, which some studies are now claiming offers benefits that are similar to working out for over an hour.

Serving the Beringer Founder’s Estate Cabernet

This wine is ready to drink on purchase, although you could age it for a few years. We don’t recommend aging because it’s a low cost wine and there are more complex Cabernet’s out there that are better for aging. Consider chilling to about 62 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 10 minutes in your fridge. Also, it makes sense to use some big-basined, self-aerating wine glasses (like these from Taste of Purple, use code WINEDERLUST for 10% off), in order to soften the wine and avoid having to use a decanter.

Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine maintains a youthful ruby color with medium-dark intensity. The nose has evidence of both red and black fruit with very soft spice.

On the palate, expect a dry, medium-bodied Cabernet with red cherries, raspberry, dark plum and a hint of vanilla. The fruit is a tad bit jammy, backed by oak spice and vanilla. Tannins are noticeable which adds a decent mouth feel and chewyness to the wine.

Overall, it’s not a bad every day table wine and is even ideal to cook with. I didn’t find it to be very complex, a bit one-sided, but not a terrible buy for under $10.

Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairings - Skirt Steak

Image and Skirt Steak recipe courtesy The New York Times.

Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Food Pairings

This is a great wine to pair alongside grilled steak, pork tenderloin or smoked brisket. Be sure to utilize a fair portion of black pepper and spice in whatever dish you decide on.

Try out this delicious Char-grilled Skirt Steak with Garlic and Herb recipe.

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