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Beringer Luminus Chardonnay Oak Knoll District Napa Valley 2014

External Review by We Speak Wine:

VINTAGE & VINEYARDS: Despite numerous challenges including a drought in California and the Napa Valley earthquake, the 2014 vintage still came in under ideal harvest weather and delivered an abundant crop. A dry winter was followed by heavy rains in early spring which replenished the vines as they went into bud break. Weather was warm throughout late spring and summer which allowed for great development in the grapes. Harvest began in August, and finished two weeks early with a crop of nice quality and quantity overall. Grapes for the 2014 Luminus were harvested between August 26th and September 11th. Luminus is a single vineyard Chardonnay from Beringer’s Big Ranch Vineyard, located in the Oak Knoll AVA. Located on the valley floor and at the southern end of the Napa Valley, Big Ranch is an ideal location for this style of Chardonnay owing to the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay, preserving nice acidity and minerality in the grapes. A selection of Burgundian clones which showed excellent early development provide an elegant complexity and fruit weight to the blend. WINEMAKING: Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press the juice was then fermented in seasoned French oak barrels (20 percent new). The lees were stirred every other week to integrate the subtle oak notes and develop a polished texture. The focus of the wine is to showcase the unique characteristics of Oak Knoll Chardonnay at the highest level, and this is achieved with the final blend made after nine months of aging in barrels. TASTING NOTES: The 2014 Luminus offers beautiful purity of fruit, showcasing bright citrus characteristics and a bright minerality. It has a robust acidity, notes of lemon zest, subtle toasted almond and a silky, elegant texture. VINIFICATION: 9 months in (20% new) French Oak ML fermentation on 60% of blend Alc: 14.3% TA: 6.49 g/L pH: 3.5

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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 Luminus Chardonnay Oak Knoll District Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/26/2017

VINTAGE & VINEYARDS: Despite numerous challenges including a drought in California and the Napa Valley earthquake, the 2014 vintage still came in under ideal harvest weather and delivered an abundant crop. A dry winter was followed by heavy rains in early spring which replenished the vines as they went into bud break. Weather was warm throughout late spring and summer which allowed for great development in the grapes. Harvest began in August, and finished two weeks early with a crop of nice quality and quantity overall. Grapes for the 2014 Luminus were harvested between August 26th and September 11th. Luminus is a single vineyard Chardonnay from Beringer’s Big Ranch Vineyard, located in the Oak Knoll AVA. Located on the valley floor and at the southern end of the Napa Valley, Big Ranch is an ideal location for this style of Chardonnay owing to the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay, preserving nice acidity and minerality in the grapes. A selection of Burgundian clones which showed excellent early development provide an elegant complexity and fruit weight to the blend. WINEMAKING: Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press the juice was then fermented in seasoned French oak barrels (20 percent new). The lees were stirred every other week to integrate the subtle oak notes and develop a polished texture. The focus of the wine is to showcase the unique characteristics of Oak Knoll Chardonnay at the highest level, and this is achieved with the final blend made after nine months of aging in barrels. TASTING NOTES: The 2014 Luminus offers beautiful purity of fruit, showcasing bright citrus characteristics and a bright minerality. It has a robust acidity, notes of lemon zest, subtle toasted almond and a silky, elegant texture. VINIFICATION: 9 months in (20% new) French Oak ML fermentation on 60% of blend Alc: 14.3% TA: 6.49 g/L pH: 3.5



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