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Beringer Vineyards Merlot Blend California White Merlot 2007

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To achieve the perfect color in their White Merlot, Beringer’s winemaking team gently destems and presses the Merlot grapes, leaving the red skins in contact with the juice for approximately three hours. As soon as the desired soft, red-purple hue is achieved, the juice is removed. Slow, cool fermentations follow to retain the bright acidity, fresh melon and citrus flavors. The resulting wine is a vibrant blend of fresh berry and zesty orange peel flavors, with a hint of nutmeg spice.

Region: USA » California

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Color: Rosé
Varietal: Merlot
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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

Member Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Merlot Blend California White Merlot

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Snooth User: coryhwhite357
135358180
4.00 5
02/17/2009

Extremely sweet, tangy, sharp wine. Almost a dessert wine, but would be easily consumed by young palates.


Snooth User: 22415brewery
23200060
3.00 5
08/10/2009

As much as I would like to talk trash about "blush" wines that cost below $5 per bottle let's remember this...this style was meant to be light, refreshing, fruity, and very casual. This white merlot does it all. Crisp with a bit of sweetness, a bit tropical, and a bit fun. When allowed to warm a bit it gains a slightly bitter finish.


Snooth User: bassman
79707228
4.00 5
07/25/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Merlot Blend California White Merlot

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

The traditional French method of blanc de noir was used to create the rose-colored White Merlot and preserve the grape's natural fresh fruit aromas and flavors. After harvesting, the grapes were gently crushed and immediately chilled with the skins. After a few hours, the juice was carefully pressed off the skins leaving a light garnet-hued juice. A slow, cool fermentation followed to retain the bright cherry and citrus aromas and smooth, delicate fruit flavors. The wine has soft floral and Earl Grey tea aromas that greet the nose, followed by a symphony of vibrant berry and sweet citrus flavors, gently soothed by hints of mulled spices.



To achieve the perfect color in their White Merlot, Beringer’s winemaking team gently destems and presses the Merlot grapes, leaving the red skins in contact with the juice for approximately three hours. As soon as the desired soft, red-purple hue is achieved, the juice is removed. Slow, cool fermentations follow to retain the bright acidity, fresh melon and citrus flavors. The resulting wine is a vibrant blend of fresh berry and zesty orange peel flavors, with a hint of nutmeg spice.

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