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Beringer Vineyards Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Alluvium has a lush, intense-cherry/blackberry core of 74% Merlot layered with 23% Cabernet Sauvignon to support the structure and add depth to the dark fruit aromas and flavors. Small amounts of Malbec and Cabernet Franc were added for more complexity and layers of juicy fruit and floral nuances. "The proprietary Alluvium name pays homage to the alluvial soils of Knights Valley and, as a blend enables us to select the best red Bordeaux varietals from vintage to vintage. For the 2004, bright red fruit, chocolate covered cherries, tea, flint and smoky oak aromas lead into a mouthful bursting with blackberry and spice with hints of violets and orange rind. This wine has fleshy tannins giving an overall impression of richness and depth to the wine. I like to refer to it as a Maurice Sendak wine, as there’s a touch of "where the wild things are" about this wine." — Laurie Hook, Winemaker "This shows wonderfully layered, complex flavors, in addition to great structure. Thoroughly dry, with rich, fine tannins, it flatters with red and black currant, red cherry, milk chocolate, licorice, root beer, vanilla, dusty spice and smoky oak flavors. Luscious now and through 2010." -Wine Enthusiast

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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 Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc

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Snooth User: SimianLogic
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4.00 5
12/18/2007

Right out of the bottle, I thought this one smelled pretty good. The first taste was only kind of "blah", but by the third I'd warmed to it already. This one was really smooth--with almost no "alcohol burn" or acidity.


Snooth User: twistof8
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3.50 5
03/01/2009

Very full, smooth and silky on palate with low tannins. Drank immediately after opening without any aeration. Cherries and vanilla galore.



The 2004 Alluvium has a lush, intense-cherry/blackberry core of 74% Merlot layered with 23% Cabernet Sauvignon to support the structure and add depth to the dark fruit aromas and flavors. Small amounts of Malbec and Cabernet Franc were added for more complexity and layers of juicy fruit and floral nuances. "The proprietary Alluvium name pays homage to the alluvial soils of Knights Valley and, as a blend enables us to select the best red Bordeaux varietals from vintage to vintage. For the 2004, bright red fruit, chocolate covered cherries, tea, flint and smoky oak aromas lead into a mouthful bursting with blackberry and spice with hints of violets and orange rind. This wine has fleshy tannins giving an overall impression of richness and depth to the wine. I like to refer to it as a Maurice Sendak wine, as there’s a touch of "where the wild things are" about this wine." — Laurie Hook, Winemaker "This shows wonderfully layered, complex flavors, in addition to great structure. Thoroughly dry, with rich, fine tannins, it flatters with red and black currant, red cherry, milk chocolate, licorice, root beer, vanilla, dusty spice and smoky oak flavors. Luscious now and through 2010." -Wine Enthusiast

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