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Beringer Chardonnay Luminus 2012

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The 2012 Luminus has a striking purity of fruit, and showcases bright citrus characteristics and a beautiful minerality. It has a robust acidity, notes of lemon pith, almond extract, and a silky, elegant texture. Meaning "light" in Latin, Luminus naturally represents the radiance of this Chardonnay. Laurie has always admired the Chardonnay from our Big Ranch Vineyard for its elegance and balance, and the 2012 vintage marks the debut of this distinctive wine.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Beringer Vineyards:
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed ... Read more
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed Sbragia continue to draw from over a dozen vineyards to create world-class wines from varying soil compositions and climates. The winery managed to survive, and even thrive, during Prohibition by selling sacramental wines with a federal license. Since the wine was being made for religious purposes, it was legal! A unique aspect of Beringer is the tunnel system that was carved into the side of Spring Mountain around 1880. Chinese immigrant workers, the same workers that helped build the Trans-Continental Railroad, spent years hand-chiseling the 1,200 feet of tunnels. To this day, the tunnels act as a natural insulator, keeping the temperature between 58 and 60 degrees year-round, ideal for storing wine. Read less

External Reviews for Beringer Chardonnay Luminus

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

A 100% barrel-fermented, relatively new offering is the 2012 Chardonnay Luminus, which is made from Dijon clones from the Oak Knoll appellation. A brilliant example of Chardonnay, it comes across as a first-growth Chassagne-Montrachet or Meursault. Aromas of honeysuckle, hazelnut and buttered citrus are followed by a medium-bodied white with admirable fruit intensity, decent acidity and nicely integrated wood. This cuvee is put through partial rather than full malolactic, and that appears to preserve a lot of vibrancy and freshness.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Clean and crisp, this wine has the roundness of oak without being dominated by its sweetness or vanillin. Instead, it’s clean, with baked green apple flavors and touches of corn silk. A firm, savory white for roast sea bass with corn salsa.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Bright medium yellow. Pungent aromas and flavors of citrus fruits, minerals and smoky, vanillin oak. Nicely concentrated and tactile, showing an almost glyceral mid-palate impression but a distinct firmness on the back end from the oak (and the remaining malic acidity). This dry, persistent wine finishes with resounding notes of pineapple and lemon. No hurry to drink this.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
11/03/2013

This elegant, balanced Chardonnay reflects the unique terroir of the Oak Knoll district, located in the cool southern region of Napa Valley, and is noted by its distinct focus and bright straw color. The seductive nose leaps from the glass, delivering buttery, smoke-tinged stone fruit, citrus, pear, a thread of minerality, and spiced oak. Full in the mouth and palate coating.



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The 2012 Luminus has a striking purity of fruit, and showcases bright citrus characteristics and a beautiful minerality. It has a robust acidity, notes of lemon pith, almond extract, and a silky, elegant texture. Meaning "light" in Latin, Luminus naturally represents the radiance of this Chardonnay. Laurie has always admired the Chardonnay from our Big Ranch Vineyard for its elegance and balance, and the 2012 vintage marks the debut of this distinctive wine.

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