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Beringer Luminus Chardonnay Oak Knoll District Napa Valley 2016

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VINTAGE & VINEYARDS: The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Luminus is a single-vineyard Chardonnay from Beringer’s Big Ranch Vineyard 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. WINEMAKING: Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, the juice is fermented in seasoned French oak barrels (26% 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 is achieved with the final blend made after eight months of aging in barrel. TASTING NOTES: The 2016 Luminus offers bright citrus notes and a touch of minerality with a solid acid backbone. There is a hint of oak spice and a rich mouthfeel from bâttonage. This wine is delicate, yet bold in showing its personality, set off by toasted hazelnut and a lingering, memorable finish. VINIFICATION: Malolactic fermentation on 33% of the blend. Aged 8 months in French oak (26% new). Alc: 14.8% TA: 6.0g/L pH: 3.53

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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

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Source: We Speak Wine
12/06/2018

VINTAGE & VINEYARDS: The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Luminus is a single-vineyard Chardonnay from Beringer’s Big Ranch Vineyard 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. WINEMAKING: Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, the juice is fermented in seasoned French oak barrels (26% 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 is achieved with the final blend made after eight months of aging in barrel. TASTING NOTES: The 2016 Luminus offers bright citrus notes and a touch of minerality with a solid acid backbone. There is a hint of oak spice and a rich mouthfeel from bâttonage. This wine is delicate, yet bold in showing its personality, set off by toasted hazelnut and a lingering, memorable finish. VINIFICATION: Malolactic fermentation on 33% of the blend. Aged 8 months in French oak (26% new). Alc: 14.8% TA: 6.0g/L pH: 3.53



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