Monday, April 7, 2008

Beringer Alluvium Blanc 2005

Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2005
Origin: Sonoma County, California
Blend: Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc in approximately equal amounts with small amounts of Chardonnay and Viognier
Alcohol content: 14.1%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Purchase date: October 2007
Purchase price: $11.99

Taste profile from the winemaker: "With the two main varietals of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc the acidity in the wine keeps the lush fruit flavors of tropical fruit, floral, and lemon-verbana aromas."

ABC Wines review: The oak cellaring of this green-gold wine is quite evident in the strong aromas of burnt honey and citrus. Crisp on the palate, the fruit flavors are full, almost creamy, and are accompanied by considerable acidity. The woodsy finish with herbal notes is an acquired taste. Definitely not for sipping, this wine should be paired with roasted poultry or a substantial stew. Open this wine about 20 minutes before serving to improve its complexity. Wine Spectator has rated other recent vintages of this wine very highly (88 to 92 points). Our score: No doubt a fine choice for those who appreciate oak cellared wines, it just doesn't work for us; Average at best.

Winery website: Beringer Vineyards. Note: the exact blend percentages for this vintage could not be ascertained.

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